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  • Variations on the Canonby Robert Curry; David Gable; Robert L. Marshall

    Boydell & Brewer 2008; US$ 85.00

    Masterful essays honoring the great pianist and critic Charles Rosen, on masterpieces from Bach and Beethoven to Chopin, Verdi, and Stockhausen. more...

  • The Devil's Hornby Michael Segell

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 13.30

    In The Devil's Horn , Michael Segell traces the 160-year history of the saxophone-a horn that created a sound never before heard in nature, and that from the moment it debuted has aroused both positive and negative passions among all who hear it. The saxophone has insinuated itself into virtually every musical idiom that has come along since its... more...

  • Listen to Thisby Alex Ross

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010; US$ 14.70

    One of The Telegraph 's Best Music Books 2011 Alex Ross's award-winning international bestseller, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century , has become a contemporary classic, establishing Ross as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians. Listen to This , which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay in which Ross... 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...

  • Undergroundby Daniel Makagon

    Microcosm Publishing 2015; US$ 5.99

    Underground is all about the history and future of DIY punk touring in the USA. Daniel Makagon explores the culture of DIY spaces like house shows and community-based music spaces, their impact on underground communities and economies, and why these networks matter. He shows that no matter who you are, organizing, playing, and/or attending a DIY... 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...

  • Woodstock Revisitedby Susan Reynolds

    F+W Media 2009; US$ 12.95 US$ 11.66

    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...