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Folk, national, and ethnic music

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  • Singing Outby David King Dunaway; Molly Beer

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 14.99

    Singing Out: An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals is a multi-voiced, historical narrative of the North American folk music revivals of the twentieth century culled from more than 150 oral history interviews from 1976 to 2006, among them Charles Seeger, Pete Seeger, Bernice Reagon, and Arlo Guthrie. more...

  • Passport to Jewish Music: Its History, Traditions, and Cultureby Irene Heskes

    ABC-CLIO 1994; US$ 140.00

    The purpose of this book is to present a survey of Jewish music to illuminate its special role as a mirror of history, tradition, and cultural heritage. The 27 topical chapters have been placed within a modified chronological perspective to present a historic picture of virtually every important development in Jewish music. The book represents a culmination... more...

  • The Early Years of Folk Musicby David Dicaire

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 39.95

    This history of folk music looks at musicians, collectors and other figures from around the world. The book presents an overview of international folk roots from the seventeenth century to the mid-twentieth century and shows the contributions of the artists and the evolution of folk music as a force for political and social change. Profiles of Pete... more...

  • Caribbean Currentsby Peter Manuel; Kenneth Bilby; Michael Largey

    Temple University Press 2012; US$ 32.95

    Music is the most popular and dynamic aspect of Caribbean expressive culture. From the well-known genres—salsa, merengue, reggae, calypso, and bachata—to more localized forms like chutney and kaseko, this wide-ranging book surveys Caribbean music's prodigious diversity and colorful history. Enhanced with numerous illustrations and musical examples,... more...

  • Different Drummersby Martin Munro

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 75.00

    Long a taboo subject among critics, rhythm finally takes center stage in this book's dazzling, wide-ranging examination of diverse black cultures across the New World. Martin Munro’s groundbreaking work traces the central—and contested—role of music in shaping identities, politics, social history, and artistic expression. Starting with enslaved African... more...

  • Culture on the Marginsby Jon Cruz

    Princeton University Press 1999; US$ 52.50 US$ 47.77

    In Culture on the Margins, Jon Cruz recounts the "discovery" of black music by white elites in the nineteenth century, boldly revealing how the episode shaped modern approaches to studying racial and ethnic cultures. Slave owners had long heard black song making as meaningless "noise." Abolitionists began to attribute social and political meaning... more...

  • Music of El Doradoby Dale A Olsen

    UPF 1998; US$ 34.95

    In the first comprehensive synthesis of Andean musical instruments, Dale Olsen breathes life and humanity into the music making of pre-Hispanic cultures in the northern and central Andes. He assesses three decades' worth of anthropological findings from diverse collections, museums, tombs, and temples. more...

  • Perspectives on Jewish Musicby Jonathan L. Friedmann; Mark S. Goodman; Jeff Janeczko; Vanessa Paloma; William Sharlin

    Lexington Books 2009; US$ 83.00

    Perspectives on Jewish Music presents the research and reflections of leading scholars and practitioners of Jewish secular and sacred music. The book's wide-ranging topics are examined from a variety of disciplinary approaches, including theology, ethnomusicology, sociology, and liturgical studies. more...

  • Across the Waterby Rebecca E. Farrell

    R&L Education 2010; US$ 27.00

    This book gives general music teachers the tools to introduce the music and dance of Ireland while respecting the music's cultural origins. Readers learn how Irish traditional music is viewed both in formal and informal schools in Ireland and find a literature review of current ethnomusicology and world music resources. more...

  • Sukuma Labor Songs from Western Tanzaniaby Frank Gunderson

    BRILL 2010; US$ 131.00

    This volume is an interpretive analysis of a collection of 335 song texts treated as primary historical sources. The collection highlights the cultural practices that link music with labor in Sukuma communities in northwestern Tanzania. These linkages are evident in the music of the elephant, snake, and porcupine hunting associations that flourished... more...