Jazz and Death: Medical Profiles of Jazz Greats (American Made Music)

Jazz and Death: Medical Profiles of Jazz Greats (American Made Music Series)
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When a jazz hero dies, rumors, speculation, gossip, and legend can muddle the real cause of death. In this book, Frederick J. Spencer conducts an inquest on how jazz greats lived and died pursuing their art. Forensics, medical histories, death certificates, and biographies divulge the way many musical virtuosos really died. An essential reference source, Jazz and Death strives to correct misinformation and set the story straight. Reviewing the medical records of such jazz icons as Scott Joplin, James Reese Europe, Bennie Moten, Tommy Dorsey, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray, and Ronnie Scott, the book spans….

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What Is This Thing Called Jazz?: African American Musicians as Artists, Critics, and Activists (Music of the African Diaspora)

What Is This Thing Called Jazz?: African American Musicians as Artists, Critics, and Activists (Music of the African Diaspora)
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Despite the plethora of writing about jazz, little attention has been paid to what musicians themselves wrote and said about their practice. An implicit division of labor has emerged where, for the most part, black artists invent and play music while white writers provide the commentary. Eric Porter overturns this tendency in his creative intellectual history of African American musicians. He foregrounds the often-ignored ideas of these artists, analyzing them in the context of meanings circulating around jazz, as well as in relationship to broader currents in African American thought. Porter examines several crucial moments in the history of jazz:….

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Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music

Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music
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For the last twenty years The Wire has fearlessly bypassed fashion in it’s search to expose the most innovative, radical, and compelling music from every genre all across the world. As listeners have grown increasingly eclectic and adventurous in their tastes, The Wire has emerged as the most authoritative source on modern music.In Undercurrents some of the best music writers of our time uncover the hidden wiring of the past century’s most influential music. Ian Penman discusses how the microphone transformed the human voice and made phantom presences of great singers such as Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson, and Brian Wilson…..

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A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America

A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America
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“. . . extraordinarily far-reaching. . . . highly accessible.”-Notes”No one has written this way about music in a long, long time. Lucid, insightful, with real spiritual, political, intellectual, and emotional grasp of the whole picture. A book about why music matters, and how, and to whom.”-Dave Marsh, author of Louie, Louie and Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story”This book is urgently needed: a comprehensive look at the various forms of black popular music, both as music and as seen in a larger social context. No one can do this better than Craig Werner.”-Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du….

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Notable Moments of Women In Music

Notable Moments of Women In Music
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A much needed book for the growing market of women musicians. Successful, pioneering, groundbreaking, infamous–these are some of the characteristics of many of the women who have shaped music history in modern times. Sharing a wealth of knowledge from his years of experience working in the music industry, the author reveals hundreds of facts about the women who have shaped music as we know it, in a calendar format, from pre-40s through each decade up to today. Also includes over 30 extensive essays by Diane Gershuny, noted expert on women’s music, and an introduction by a yet-to-be named major female….

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Up Front and Center: New Orleans Music at the End of the 20th Century

Up Front and Center: New Orleans Music at the End of the 20th Century
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“Up Front and Center- New Orleans Music at the End of the 20th Century” is the first in-depth account of this very important era in the history of New Orleans music. It is filled with vivid descriptions of many of the most significant musical performances in the last two decades of the 20th century. Jay Mazza is an outstanding writer who was a constant presence in the clubs, concert halls, and festivals of the period. The book begins with a foreword by iconic New Orleans trumpeter and personality, Kermit Ruffins. The first chapters set the stage for a thrilling….

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Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom

Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom
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A gripping narrative that captures the tumult and liberating energy of a nation in transition, Sweet Soul Music is an intimate portrait of the legendary performers–Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, James Brown, Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Al Green among them–who merged gospel and rhythm and blues to create Southern soul music. Through rare interviews and with unique insight, Peter Guralnick tells the definitive story of the songs that inspired a generation and forever changed the sound of American music.

Asian Structures in Modern Composition: Music and Philosophy (The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989)

Asian Structures in Modern Composition: Music and Philosophy (The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989 )
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David W. Patterson’s essay examines the influence of Asian practices and philosophies on American modern and contemporary musical compositions. Looking to musicians such as John Cage, John Coltrane, Henry Eichheim, and Steve Reich as examples, Patterson highlights the importance of traditional Asian instruments, cultures, and scores that have provided inspiration for music as we know it today.ExcerptThe debt that twentieth-century American concert music owes to Asian cultures is a fundamental theme of its history, openly acknowledged by composers, documented by musicologists, and often — though not always — expressed overtly in the works themselves. Over the past century, East and South Asian musical forms,….

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Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy (African American Cultural Theory and Heritage)

Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy (African American Cultural Theory and Heritage)
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No art can survive without an understanding of, and dedication to, the values envisioned by its creators. No culture over time has existed without a belief system to sustain its survival. Black music is no different. In Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy, William C. Banfield engages the reader in a conversation about the aesthetics and meanings that inform this critical component of our social consciousness.By providing a focused examination of the historical development of Black music artistry, Banfield formulates a useable philosophy tied to how such music is made, shaped, and functions. In so doing, he explores….

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On This Day in Music History: Over 2,000 Popular Music Facts Covering Every Day of the Year

On This Day in Music History: Over 2,000 Popular Music Facts Covering Every Day of the Year
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(Book). The dictionary defines trivia as: “matter or things of very slight importance, commonplace, or ordinary.” Yet anyone who has ever read anything about a favorite sports star, singer, historic figure or celebrity will find that it is often the so-called trivia that makes things memorable about that person or event. Nowhere is this more apparent than in this book. Add the context of the progression of hundreds of parallel lives through the timeline of a pseudo calendar format and it becomes anything but commonplace. This is especially intriguing when coupled with music history. Over 2,000 entries are listed in….

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