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  • Can't Stop Won't Stopby Jeff Chang; D.J. Kool Herc

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 14.00

    Can't Stop Won't Stop is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century, and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created. Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era... more...

  • Mozart's Piano Sonatasby John Irving

    Cambridge University Press 1997; US$ 44.00

    An examination of Mozart's piano sonatas, showing them to be a microcosm of the composer's changing style. more...

  • Exploring American Folk Musicby Kip Lornell

    University Press of Mississippi 2012; US$ 30.00 US$ 25.50

    Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States reflects the fascinating diversity of regional and grassroots music in the United States. The book covers the diverse strains of American folk music--Latin, Native American, African, French-Canadian, British, and Cajun--and offers a chronology of the... more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Operaby Helen M. Greenwald

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 184.99

    The Oxford Handbook of Opera offers a series of trenchant, cutting-edge, and previously unpublished essays on the most important and compelling issues confronting those who think and write about opera. The handbook emphasizes not only operas themselves, but such broad concerns of the discipline as genre, voice, national style, performance, censorship,... more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Musicby Jane Fulcher

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 52.99

    This volume demonstrates a new approach to cultural history, as it now being practiced by both historians and musicologists, in their quest to grasp the realms of human experience, understanding, communication and meaning through the study of music and of musical practices. Characteristic of their approach is to employ a resonant new methodological... more...

  • Why Jazz Happenedby Marc Myers

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 34.95

    Why Jazz Happened is the first comprehensive social history of jazz. It provides an intimate and compelling look at the many forces that shaped this most American of art forms and the many influences that gave rise to jazz’s post-war styles. Rich with the voices of musicians, producers, promoters, and others on the scene during the decades following... more...

  • Bluesby Dick Weissman; Richard Carlin; Craig Morrison

    Infobase Publishing 2005; US$ 67.00

    Born out of the field hollers, work songs, and spirituals sung by African-American slaves and tenant farmers as they were forced to work in the fields of the South, blues music often speaks of oppression, sadness, and love, topics that transcend racial and ethnic boundaries. Early musicians such as Blind Lemon Jefferson and W.C. Handy established the... more...

  • Balkan Fascinationby Mirjana Lausevic

    Oxford University Press 2007; US$ 30.99

    In Balkan Fascination , ethnomusicologist Mirjana Lausevic, a native of the Balkans, investigates this remarkable phenomenon to explore why so many Americans actively participate in specific Balkan cultural practices to which they have no familial or ethnic connection. more...

  • Antonio Gardano, Venetian Music Printer, 1538-1569by Mary Lewis

    Taylor and Francis 1997; US$ 54.95

    First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Music and the Language of Loveby Catherine Gordon-Seifert

    Indiana University Press 2011; US$ 37.95

    Simple songs or airs, in which a male poetic voice either seduces or excoriates a female object, were an influential vocal genre of the French Baroque era. In this comprehensive and interdisciplinary study, Catherine Gordon-Seifert analyzes the style of airs, which was based on rhetorical devices of... more...