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Dead Man Blues

Phil Pastras.

July 2001; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: American music. 270 pages.

When Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton sat at the piano in the Library of Congress in May of 1938 to begin his monumental series of interviews with Alan Lomax, he spoke of his years on the West...

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William Grant Still

Catherine Parsons Smith.

March 2000; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: American music. 384 pages.

During the 1930s and 1940s William Grant Still (1895–1978) was known as the “Dean of Afro-American Composers.” He worked as an arranger for early radio, on Broadway, and in Hollywood; major...

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Listening to the Sirens

Judith Peraino.

October 2005; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: musicology and music history. 369 pages.

This book investigates how music has been used throughout history to call into question norms of gender and sexuality. Beginning with a close examination of the mythology surrounding the...

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The Poetics of Rock

Albin Zak.

November 2001; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: American music. 276 pages.

After a hundred years of recording, the process of making records is still mysterious to most people who listen to them. Records hold a fundamental place in the dynamics of modern musical...

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Conventional Wisdom

Susan McClary.

May 2000; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: music theory and analysis. 219 pages.

This book reexamines the concept of musical convention. Exploring the ways that shared musical practices transmit social knowledge, it offers an account of our own cultural moment in terms...

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Revealing Masks

W. Anthony Sheppard.

February 2001; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: applied music. 365 pages.

This book explores ritualized performance in twentieth-century music, uncovering the range of political, didactic, and aesthetic intents that inspired the creators of modernist music...

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Harlem in Montmartre

William Shack.

September 2001; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: American music. 210 pages.

During the years between the world wars, a small but dynamic community of African American jazz musicians left the United States and settled in Paris, creating a vibrant expatriate music...

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Interpreting Popular Music

David Brackett.

October 2000; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: American music. 275 pages.

There is a well-developed vocabulary for discussing classical music, but when it comes to popular music, how do we analyze its effects and its meaning? This book draws from the disciplines...

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Returning Cycles

Charles Fisk.

March 2001; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: musicology and music history. 319 pages.

This investigation of the later music of Franz Schubert explores the rich terrain of his impromptus and last piano sonatas. Drawing on the relationships between these pieces and Schubert's null...

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American Klezmer

Edited by Mark Slobin.

August 2002; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: American music. 252 pages.

Klezmer, the Yiddish word for a folk instrumental musician, has come to mean a person, a style, and a scene. This musical subculture came to the United States with the...

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