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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...

  • French Music and Jazz in Conversationby Deborah Mawer

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 26.00

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

  • This Is Your Brain on Musicby Daniel J. Levitin

    Penguin Publishing Group 2006; US$ 16.00

    In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music—its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it—and the human brain. Taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin poses that music... more...

  • All Shook Upby Glenn C. Altschuler

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 13.99

    The birth of rock 'n roll ignited a firestorm of controversy--one critic called it "musical riots put to a switchblade beat"--but if it generated much sound and fury, what, if anything, did it signify? As Glenn Altschuler reveals, the rise of rock 'n roll--and the outraged reception to it--tell us a lot about the values of the United States in the... more...

  • The History of Jazzby Ted Gioia

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 12.99

    On its initial release, The History of Jazz was heralded as a classic: it was honored as one of the twenty best books of the year in The Washington Post and was chosen as a notable book of the year in The New York Times . Now Gioia brings the story up-to-date, drawing on his latest research and covering the full spectrum of the music's past, present,... 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$ 32.99

    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$ 54.14

    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...

  • Woodstock Revisitedby Susan Reynolds

    F+W Media 2009; US$ 12.95 US$ 11.65

    This collection contains fifty stories written by people who attended the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. Since all the books that preceded it have focused on the musicians, promoters, and staff, this book will be the first one that chronicles the audience's experience in an up close and personal way. This book documents the event itself, but... more...