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Jazz

  • Billie Holidayby John Szwed

    Penguin Publishing Group 2015; US$ 28.95

    Published in celebration of Holiday?s centenary, the first biography to focus on the singer?s extraordinary musical talent When Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia?s studios in November 1933, it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and influential career in twentieth-century popular music. Her voice weathered countless shifts... more...

  • Jazzby Mark Tucker; Travis Jackson

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 4.99

    An historical survey of jazz. This ebook is a static version of an article from Grove Music Online, a continuously updated online resource, offering comprehensive coverage of the world?s music written by leading scholars. For more information, visit www.oxfordmusiconline.com. more...

  • Civic Jazzby Gregory Clark

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 25.00

    Jazz is born of collaboration, improvisation, and listening. In much the same way, the American democratic experience is rooted in the interaction of individuals. It is these two seemingly disparate, but ultimately thoroughly American, conceits that Gregory Clark examines in Civic Jazz. Melding Kenneth Burke?s concept of rhetorical communication... more...

  • Jazz Sells: Music, Marketing, and Meaningby Mark Laver

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    Jazz Sells: Music, Marketing, and Meaning examines the issues of jazz, consumption, and capitalism through advertising. On television, on the Internet, in radio, and in print, advertising is a critically important medium for the mass dissemination of music and musical meaning. This book is a study of the use of the jazz genre as a musical signifier... more...

  • GI Jiveby Frank F. Mathias

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    "Frank Mathias was a teenager in a small town when the draft swept him into the army and then halfway around the world to the jungles of the South Pacific. He served in the huge invasion force in the Battle of Manila, the deadliest single battle of the Pacific War. As an army musician attached to the 37th Infantry Division, Mathias saw the war from... more...

  • Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945by Dr Nabeel Zuberi; Professor Jon Stratton

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Black Popular Music in Britain since 1945 provides the first broad scholarly discussion of this music since 1990. The book critically examines key moments in the history of black British popular music from 1940s jazz to 1970s soul and reggae, 1990s Jungle and the sounds of Dubstep and Grime that have echoed through the 2000s. While the book offers... more...

  • French Music and Jazz in Conversationby Deborah Mawer

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 79.00

    This book explores the historical-cultural interactions between French concert music and American jazz across 1900?65, from both perspectives. more...

  • The Jazz Sceneby Eric Hobsbawm

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 21.86

    From 1955-65 the historian Eric Hobsbawm took the pseudonym 'Francis Newton' and wrote a monthly column for the New Statesman on jazz - music he had loved ever since discovering it as a boy in 1933 ('the year Adolf Hitler took power in Germany'). Hobsbawm's column led to his writing a critical history, The Jazz Scene (1959). This enhanced... more...

  • Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Manby Marcus Baram

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 27.99

    A biography of highly esteemed soul and jazz artist Gil Scott-Heron. more...

  • Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Musicby Barry Mazor

    Chicago Review Press 2014; US$ 23.99

    This is the first biography of Ralph Peer, the adventurous?even revolutionary?A&R man and music publisher who changed the breadth and flavor of popular music in the United States and around the world. It is the story of the life and 50-year career of the man who was crucial in discovering star musicians and establishing the genres of blues, jazz,... more...