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The Life of Music in South India

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Format: 
Pages: 244
ISBN: 9780819500731
Pub Date: 05 Feb 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Pages: 244
ISBN: 9780819500748
Pub Date: 01 Feb 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Description:
An insider's eight-decade overview of South India's 20th century classical music culture. This book offers an account of Carnatic music culture drawing on the knowledge of T. Sankaran, a musician raised in an illustrious non-Brahmin devadasi family, and his long affiliation with cultural institutions including All India Radio (AIR) and the Tamil Isai Sangam (Tamil Music Academy).

Dissonant Landscapes

Music, Nature, and the Performance of Iceland
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Format: 
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780819500489
Pub Date: 02 Feb 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 15 color photos, 1 b&w table, 1 printed music item
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780819500496
Pub Date: 29 Feb 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 15 color photos, 1 b&w table, 1 printed music item
Description:
Listening to the dissonances of nature and nationhood in modern Iceland. During the past three decades, Iceland has attained a strong presence in the world through its musical culture, with images of the nation being packaged and shipped out in melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. What 'Iceland' means for people, both at home and abroad, is conditioned by music and its ability to animate notions of nature and nationality.

Queer Arrangements

Billy Strayhorn and Midcentury Jazz Collaboration
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Format: 
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780819500632
Pub Date: 02 Feb 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780819500649
Pub Date: 01 Feb 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 22 b&w photos, 15 figures
Description:
Queer Arrangements is a new study of Billy Strayhorn that examines his music and career at the intersection of jazz and Black queer history. The legacy of Black queer composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn (1915–1967) hovers at the edge of canonical jazz narratives. Queer Arrangements explores the ways in which Strayhorn's identity as an openly gay Black jazz musician shaped his career, including the creative roles he could assume and the dynamics between himself and his collaborators, most famously Duke Ellington, but also iconic singers such as Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald.

The Land Is Sung

Zulu Performances and the Politics of Place
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Format: 
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780819500571
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780819500588
Pub Date: 01 Feb 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Description:
Ethnography on the politics of land and belonging in post apartheid Zulu performances What does it mean to belong? In The Land is Sung, musicologist Thomas Pooley shows how performances of song, dance, and praise poetry connect Zulu communities to their ancestral homes and genealogies. For those without land tenure in the province of KwaZulu-Nata, performances articulate a sense of place.
Australasian Music, at Home and Abroad Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 292
ISBN: 9781922952233
Pub Date: 02 Mar 2023
Imprint: Australian Scholarly Publishing
Description:
Combining approaches from Western art music, First Nations music, pop music, studies of contemporary community practice, and anthropological and ethnomusicological field work, 'Australasian Music, At Home and Abroad' presents peer-reviewed chapters that critically reflect on Australasian music-making in the last 125 years. As the first interdisciplinary consideration of music in the Australasian region in 15 years, this book advances Australasian music as a dynamic area of interdisciplinary research in the 21st century. Its themes range from institutional histories of music, composer biography, music and migration, in diaspora, and cultural exchange and collaboration.
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 274
ISBN: 9780813196701
Pub Date: 07 Feb 2023
Illustrations: 35 b&w halftones, 1 map, 6 tables
Description:
The second woman to earn a PhD from Columbia University – and the first from south of the Mason-Dixon Line to do so – Kentucky native Katherine Jackson French broke boundaries. Her research kick-started a resurgence of Appalachian music that continues to this day, but French's collection of traditional Kentucky ballads, which should have been her crowning scholarly achievement, never saw print. Academic rivalries, gender prejudice, and broken promises set against a thirty-year feud known as the Ballad Wars denied French her place in history and left the field to northerner Olive Dame Campbell and English folklorist Cecil Sharp, setting Appalachian studies on a foundation marred by stereotypes and misconceptions.

Critical Brass

Street Carnival and Musical Activism in Olympic Rio de Janeiro
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Format: 
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780819500182
Pub Date: 08 Nov 2022
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 40 b&w photos
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780819500199
Pub Date: 08 Nov 2022
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 40 b&w photos
Description:
Critical Brass tells the story of neofanfarrismo, an explosive carnival brass band community turned activist musical movement in Rio de Janeiro, as Brazil shifted from a country on the rise in the 2000s to one beset by various crises in the 2010s. Though predominantly middle-class, neofanfarristas have creatively adapted the critical theories of carnival to militate for a more democratic city. Illuminating the tangible obstacles to musical movement building, Andrew Snyder argues that festive activism with privileged origins can promote real alternatives to the neoliberal city, but meets many limits and contradictions in a society marked by diverse inequalities.

Love and Rage

Autonomy in Mexico City's Punk Scene

Love and Rage

Autonomy in Mexico City's Punk Scene
Format: 
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780819580931
Pub Date: 08 Nov 2022
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 33 b&w photos
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780819580948
Pub Date: 08 Nov 2022
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 33 b&w photos
Description:
Love and Rage is a deeply ethnographic account of punk in Mexico City as it is lived and practiced, connecting the sounds of punk music to different styles of political action. Through compelling first-person accounts, ethnographer Kelley Tatro shows that punk is more than music. It is a lifestyle choice that commits scene participants to experimentation with anarchist politics.

Musical Resilience

Performing Patronage in the Indian Thar Desert
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Format: 
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780819500090
Pub Date: 08 Nov 2022
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 24 b&w halftones, 1 map
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780819500106
Pub Date: 08 Nov 2022
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 24 b&w halftones, 1 map
Description:
In Musical Resilience, Shalini Ayyagari shows how professional low-caste musicians from the Thar Desert borderland of Rajasthan, India have skillfully reinvented their cultural and economic value in postcolonial India. Before India's independence in 1947, the Manganiyar community of hereditary musicians were tied to traditional patrons over centuries and through hereditary ties. In postcolonial India, traditional patronage relations faded due to new political conditions, technological shifts, and cultural change.
An Academic Biography of Liu Ching-chih Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 428
ISBN: 9781626430839
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Illustrations: 64
Description:
This book is an academic biography of Liu Ching-chih, a renowned musicologist and translation scholar, and a prolific music critic in Hong Kong. Three Library Collections named after him are housed in the University of Hong Kong Libraries, the Hong Kong Central Library, and the Library of the Institute of Chinese Studies of the University of Heidelberg. This volume of life writing is distinguished from average biographies by its reliance on systematic analyses of an extensive array of texts and interview data.
Mellencamp, updated edition Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 302
ISBN: 9780813195568
Pub Date: 31 May 2022
Description:
Despite his numerous hits and Grammy nominations - and his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - John Mellencamp remains one of America’s most underrated songwriters. In Mellencamp, David Masciotra explores the life and career of this important talent, persuasively arguing that he deserves to be celebrated alongside artists like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan. Starting with his modest beginnings in Seymour, Indiana, Masciotra details Mellencamp’s road to fame, examining his struggles with the music industry and his persistent dedication to his midwestern roots as he found success by remaining true to where he came from.

Sound Fragments

From Field Recording to African Electronic Stories
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Format: 
Pages: 348
ISBN: 9780819580764
Pub Date: 10 May 2022
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 35 b&w photos
Pages: 348
ISBN: 9780819580771
Pub Date: 10 May 2022
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 35 b&w photos
Description:
This book is an ethnographic study of sound archives and the processes of creative decolonization that form alternative modes of archiving and curating in the 21st century. It explores the histories and afterlives of sound collections and practices at the International Library of African Music. Sound Fragments follows what happens when a colonial sound archive is repurposed and reimagined by local artists in post-apartheid South Africa.

Seeding the Tradition

Musical Creativity in Southern Vietnam
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Format: 
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780819580795
Pub Date: 03 May 2022
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 34 b&w halftones, 6 tables, 1 map
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780819580801
Pub Date: 14 Jun 2022
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 34 b&w halftones, 6 tables, 1 map
Description:
For artists, creativity plays a powerful role in understanding, confronting, and negotiating the crises of the present. Seeding the Tradition explores conflicting creativities in traditional music in Hõ Chí Minh City, the Mekong Delta, and the Vietnamese diaspora, and how they influence contemporary southern Vietnamese culture. The book centers on the ways in which musicians of đón ca tài tù, a "music for diversion," practice creativity or sáng tạo in early 21st-century southern Vietnam.
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Format: 
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780819579393
Pub Date: 09 Nov 2021
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 37 figures
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780819579386
Pub Date: 09 Nov 2021
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 37 figures
Description:
An exploration of ethical dynamism in vocal life Ways of Voice is the first ethnomusicological monograph to delve deeply into the diverse, variegated techniques of voice production in North India. It explicitly thematizes the dynamic movement between vocal dispositions—singers who consciously retrain themselves in order to acquire a different voice, focusing on the ways in which singers not only "have" voice, but actively acquire, cultivate and contest particular vocal dispositions. The book deals extensively with the formation and contestation of particular, historically grounded ways of voice, from Bollywood film singers to modern raga vocality to pop Sufi song.
Living from Music in Salvador Cover Living from Music in Salvador Cover
Format: 
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780819580498
Pub Date: 05 Oct 2021
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 10 b&w halftones, 1 table, 16 figures
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780819580481
Pub Date: 05 Oct 2021
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 10 b&w halftones, 1 table, 16 figures
Description:
An ethnography about local working musicians in Brazil's "most African" city Living from Music in Salvador examines the labor of musicians in Salvador da Bahia, widely regarded as Brazil's most African city. Drawing on fieldwork that spans over sixteen years, the book explores local musicians' lives as members of a flexible work force, emphasizing questions of race, social class, and cultural politics in relation to professional music making. From clubs and restaurants, to Carnaval parades and festival celebrations, to concert stages and recordings, the abiliy of musicians to earn a living wage is contingent on their navigating industry and societal conditions that are profoundly informed by the entrenched legacies of colonization and slavery.
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Format: 
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780819579645
Pub Date: 03 Nov 2020
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 15 b&w halftones
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780819579638
Pub Date: 03 Nov 2020
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 15 b&w halftones
Description:
Genre Publics is a cultural history showing how new notions of 'the local' were produced in context of the Indonesian 'local music boom' of the late 1990s. Drawing on industry records and interviews, media scholar Emma Baulch traces the institutional and technological conditions that enabled the boom, and their links with the expansion of consumerism in Asia, and the specific context of Indonesian democratization. Baulch shows how this music helped reshape distinct Indonesian senses of the modern, especially as 'Asia' plays an ever more influential role in defining what it means to be modern.