Focus: Music of South Africa, 2nd Edition (Focus on World Music Series)
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Focus: Music of South Africa provides an in-depth look at the full spectrum of South African music, a musical culture that epitomizes the enormous ethnic, religious, linguistic, class, and gender diversity of the nation itself. Drawing on extensive field and archival research, as well as her own personal experiences, noted ethnomusicologist and South African native Carol A. Muller looks at how South Africans have used music to express a sense of place in South Africa, on the African continent, and around the world. Part One, Creating Connections, provides introductory materials for the study….

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Great Singers Of The 20th Century
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Amongst the thousands of popular singers who graced the concert halls, night clubs and record charts in the twentieth century, a handful have risen to become the greats of their craft. This book rashly identifies the twenty best singers of the century, describes their lives, and analyzes the technical elements of their art. The chosen ones represent almost every aspect of their trade: vaudeville, jazz, stage and screen, pop, rock, country and western, folk, R&B, gospel and cabaret. The 20 singers, in chronological order of their birth, are Al Jolson, Ethel Waters, Mabel Mercer, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday,….

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Motown : The Golden Years: The Stars and Music That Shaped a Generation
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This is the book for lovers of Motown! Author and Motown historian Bill Dahl has expertly compiled this comprehensive guide to the musical combination of pop and gospel, known as Motown. This new compilation features an A-to-Z listing and biography of nearly every Motown group since its beginning in 1959. Also included are never-before-published photos. Enthusiasts will now have a chance to own a complete encyclopaedia of groups and artists, along with information about their music, including a discography and price guide. Dahl has written liner notes for hundreds of recordings and is also a regular contributor to many record….

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Beautiful Mornin': The Broadway Musical in the 1940s
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“Music and girls are the soul of musical comedy,” one critic wrote, early in the 1940s. But this was the age that wanted more than melody and kickline form its musical shows. The form had been running on empty for too long, as a formula for the assembly of spare parts–star comics, generic love songs, rumba dancers, Ethel Merman. If Rodgers and Hammerstein hadn’t existed, Broadway would have had to invent them; and Oklahoma! and Carousel came along just in time to announce the New Formula for Writing Musicals: Don’t have a formula. Instead, start with strong characters and atmosphere:….

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Riding On A Blue Note: Jazz And American Pop
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Gary Giddins, winner of the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award, has a following that includes not only jazz enthusiasts but also pop music fans of every stripe. Writing here in a lyrical and celebratory style all his own, Giddins dazzlingly shows us—among many other things—how performers originally perceived as radical (Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Elvis Presley) became conservative institutions … how Charlie Parker created a masterpiece from the strain of an inane ditty … how the Dominoes helped combine church ritual with pop music … and how Irving Berlin translated a chiaroscuro of Lower East Side minorities into imperishable….

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Louis Prima (Music in American Life)
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This is the first paperback edition of the only biography of Louis Prima, one of the most underrated jazz musicians and entertainers of the twentieth century. In a career that spanned four decades, Prima infused the grit and grace of Dixieland jazz with swing and big band sounds, the first whiffs of rock ‘n’ roll, and a vaudevillian-like stage presence. A native of New Orleans, the Guy Lombardo protg known as ‘The Italian Satchmo’ was the country’s smashing new jazz sensation at New York’s Famous Door in the 1930s. He went on to be a successful big band leader and….

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Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music
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Sinatra. Streisand. Dylan. Pavarotti. McCartney. Sting. Madonna. What do these musicians have in common besides their super-stardom They have all worked with legendary music producer Phil Ramone.For almost five decades, Phil Ramone has been a force in the music industry. He has produced records and collaborated with almost every major talent in the business. There is a craft to making records, and Phil has spent his life mastering it. For the first time ever, he shares the secrets of his trade.Making Records is a fascinating look “behind the glass” of a recording studio. From Phil’s exhilarating early days recording jazz….

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Lost Chords: White Musicians and their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945
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Too many jazz fans and critics–and even some jazz musicians–still contend that white players have contributed little of substance to the music; that even, with every white musician removed from the canon, the history and nature of jazz would remain unchanged. Now, with Lost Chords, musician-historian Richard M. Sudhalter challenges this narrow view, with a book that pays definitive tribute to a generation of white jazz players, many unjustly forgotten–while never scanting the role of the great black pioneers. Greeted enthusiastically by the jazz community upon its original publication, this monumental volume offers an….

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Oscar Peterson Plays Broadway
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(Artist Transcriptions). 17 songs transcribed from Peterson recordings, including: All the Things You Are * Baubles, Bangles and Beads * Body and Soul * Come Rain or Come Shine * Easter Parade * If I Were a Bell * Just in Time * The Lady Is a Tramp * On a Clear Day * People * Strike up the Band * Summertime * The Surrey with the Fringe on Top * There’s a Small Hotel * ‘Til Tomorrow * Who Can I Turn To * Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.
Billie Holiday
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Billie Holiday was one of the most inspiringly talented singers of the 20th century, appreciated not just in the world of jazz, but by music lovers across the whole musical spectrum. Stuart Nicholson successfully describes the complexities of Holiday’s personality, her art and her times in this well-written and original biography. Acclaimed as ‘Notable Book of the Year’ by the New York Times it is a gripping insight in to the life and music of Billie Holiday, who was without doubt a phenomenon of American culture.
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