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Bigotry and the Afrocentric
Bigotry and the Afrocentric "Jazz" Evolution (June 2012)
Third Edition
Karlton E. Hester - Author

A reminder that much of the music that drives contemporary music and world culture has Afrocentric origins.

The controversy surrounding the ownership of “jazz” involves an intersection of residual “slave mentality” (that insists African Americans contribute little to world society) combined with a perpetual mode of exploitation of artistic innovations that result from African American crea...(Read More)
PhanFood (January 2011)
From the Kitchen Pot to the Tour Lot
Taraleigh Weathers - Editor
Pete Mason - Editor

.A cookbook for—and by—fans of the rock band Phish.

Like the band they follow from city to city, Phish fans have their own history of creativity, which in turn follows them wherever they go—even into the kitchen. Edited by Taraleigh Weathers and Pete Mason, PhanFood brings together many of the recipes that Phish fans have made and shared over the years. Included are appetizers, salads, s...(Read More)
Roman Candle
Roman Candle (August 2010)
The Life of Bobby Darin
David Evanier - Author

A multilayered portrait of this brash, gifted artist, whose restless voice and spirit seem as alive today as ever.

“Compelling and revealing … Roman Candle gives us the many lives of one of the great entertainers of all time, whose flame was extinguished way too soon.” — Kevin Spacey

A performer who rivaled Sinatra, Bobby Darin rose from dire poverty to...(Read More)
Woodstock (July 2009)
The Oral History, 40th Anniversary Edition
Joel Makower - Author
Michael Lang - With a new Foreword by
Joel Rosenman - With a new Foreword by

The definitive oral history of the Woodstock rock festival.

“The definitive study of the mega-concert.” — Rolling Stone

“Woodstock comes alive here, even if the music itself seems almost incidental to the backstage dramas.” — Publishers Weekly

Woodstock is the definitive, electrifying account of the...(Read More)
New York Sings
New York Sings (March 2009)
400 Years of the Empire State in Song
Jerry Silverman - Author

New York’s fascinating history as presented in song.

In New York Sings, musicologist and folklorist Jerry Silverman has compiled a remarkable collection of songs about the people, places, and events of New York’s 400-year history—from Henry Hudson’s Half Moon to Pete Seeger’s Clearwater, from Montauk to Niagara Falls, from the sidewalks of New York to the lumber ca...(Read More)
Exploratory Musicism
Exploratory Musicism (January 2009)
Ideas for Spontaneous Composition
Karlton E. Hester - Author

Explores music as an element of life ritual directed towards continual physical, subjective, and psychic motion towards self-realization and transcendence.

Music is not a separate practice in most ancient world cultures; but, rather, it is a part of an interdisciplinary collection of artistic modes of expression that include various aural, kinetic, and visual components. Karlton E. Hester is a c...(Read More)
Listening and Voice
Listening and Voice (October 2007)
Phenomenologies of Sound, Second Edition
Don Ihde - Author

New and expanded edition of the now classic study in the phenomenology of sound.

Listening and Voice is an updated and expanded edition of Don Ihde’s groundbreaking 1976 classic in the study of sound. Ranging from the experience of sound through language, music, religion, and silence, clear examples and illustrations take the reader into the important and often overlooked role of the auditory in human l...(Read More)
Reading the Beatles
Reading the Beatles (February 2006)
Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, and the Fab Four
Kenneth Womack - Editor
Todd F. Davis - Editor

Addresses the band’s resounding impact on how we think about gender, popular culture, and the formal and poetic qualities of music.

Despite the enormous amount of writing devoted to the Beatles during the last few decades, the band’s abiding intellectual and cultural significance has received scant attention. Using various modes of literary, musicological, and cultural criticism, the essays in Reading...(Read More)
Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish
Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish (July 2004)
How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood
Jack Gottlieb - Author

Documents the influence of Jewish music on American popular song.

“Gottlieb is a superbly equipped tune detector … No serious student of the music of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood can afford to bypass this landmark study.” — American Music

“Gottlieb’s writing style is amiable, anecdotal, and breezy, and his enthusiasm for his topic is contagio...(Read More)
When the Music Stopped
When the Music Stopped (March 2004)
Discovering My Mother
Thomas J. Cottle - Author

A son's coming to terms with his mother's decision to abandon her career as a concert pianist in order to raise her children.

This is the story of one woman's decision to forfeit a brilliant career for the sake of motherhood. Once a child prodigy, Gitta Gradova traveled the world as an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, performing recitals as well as appearing with prominent orchestras of her era. Her son Thoma...(Read More)

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