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Giving Birth to Sound: Women in Creative Music

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Giving Birth to Sound: Women in Creative Music Renate Da Rin (ed.) and William Parker (coed.) 294 Pages ISBN: 978-3-00-049279-2 Buddy's Knife 2015 Every time a book about music is written, the history of music is also rewritten and musicians are included or left out, and old and new myths rejected or confirmed. This is something that many authors are conscious about, but seldom an issue that is addressed. Therefore, it is ...

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Brit Lit: The British Invasion & Led Zeppelin

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While “rock & roll" music had its genesis in the United States, most particularly in the American South, its subsequent (and essential) evolution occurred elsewhere, specifically in the United Kingdom. What is called “the British invasion" has been one of the most important and least studied and discussed elements in the ultimate development of the music. Simon Philo's British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence address this in the broadest terms, while Gregg Akkerman's Experiencing Led Zeppelin: A Listener's Companion ...

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Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian-American Experience

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Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian-American Experience Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter 384 Pages ISBN: #978-1-60461-089-5 Bella Musica Publishing 2015 In this meticulously researched and anecdote-included work, authors Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter present a truly fascinating perspective on both the history and influence of jazz musicians who were Italian immigrants or who were or are of Italian descent. Certainly, there are references ...

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The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition

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The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition: The Ultimate Guide to UK Rock & Pop Of The Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976 Vernon Joynson 2,080 Pages ISBN: 1-899855-19-3 Borderline Productions 2014 The word “cornucopia" could have been invented just for this immense two volume set. Contained within its 2,000 plus pages lies a veritable wealth of information. First published in 1995 at a modest 700-odd pages in length, and ...

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Just For The Love of It: Popular Music In Penang, 1930s-1960s

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Just For The Love Of It: Popular Music In Penang, 1930s-1960s Paul Augustin & James Lochhead 222 Pages ISBN: 978-967-0630-64-9 Strategic Information and Research Development Centre 2015 The story of popular music in Penang--the Malaysian island by the Straits of Malacca--from the 1930s to the 1960s is--as co-authors Paul Augustin and James Lochhead graphically depict--a tremendously colourful tale. And little wonder, for as Lieutenant-Governor Sir George Leith observed in 1804: “There is ...

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The Gospel According to the Blues by Gary W. Burnett

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The Gospel According to the Blues Gary W. Burnett 161 Pages ISBN: #978-1620327258 Cascade Books 2014 Dr. Gary Burnett wears a lot of hats. He teaches courses in New Testament Greek, Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Pauline Epistles and Theology, and Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels at Union Theological College in Belfast. He is also a Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and runs a business ...

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Listen To This: Miles Davis And Bitches Brew

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Listen To This: Miles Davis and Bitches Brew Victor Svorinich 202 Pages ISBN: 978-1-62846-194-7 The University Press of Mississippi 2015 Surprisingly, Victor Svorinich's book is the first dedicated exclusively to a study of Miles Davis's ground-breaking album Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Surprising, because just about every facet of the iconic trumpeter's career has already been exhaustively documented. Svorinich, a music faculty member of Kean University in Union, New Jersey, previously put the microscope ...

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The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective

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The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective Thomas W. Jacobsen 208 Pages ISBN: 0807156981 LSU Press 2014 This article first appeared in the American Book Review (January-February 2015 issue). Full disclosure: I've long been an admirer of Thomas Jacobsen's writing, the catholicity of his musical tastes, and his warm personal regard for jny: New Orleans musicians. The last was evident in his 2011 work for LSU Press, Traditional New ...



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