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Background Noise, Second Edition: Perspectives on Sound Art

by Brandon LaBelle

Background Noise follows the development of sound as an artistic medium and illustrates how sound is put to use within modes of composition, installation, and performance. While chronological in its structure,...


Chaos Media: A Sonic Economy of Digital Space

by Stephen Kennedy

The contemporary media landscape might be described in simple terms as a digital terrain where real and virtual worlds collide. Stephen Kennedy investigates the concept of our digital space leading up to the...


Living Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Multichannel Sound

by Paul Théberge, Kyle Devine & Tom Everrett

Stereo is everywhere. The whole culture and industry of music and sound became organized around the principle of stereophony during the twentieth century. But nothing about this-not the invention or acceptance...


Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

by Ian Bostridge

An exploration of the world’s most famous and challenging song cycle, Schubert's Winter Journey (Winterreise), by a leading interpreter of the work, who teases out the themes—literary, historical, psychological—that...


Free Jazz/Black Power

by Philippe Carles, Jean-Louis Comolli & Grégory Pierrot

For the first time in English, the classic volume that developed a radical new understanding of free jazz and African American culture


Bobbie Gentry's Ode to Billie Joe

by Tara Murtha

July, 1967: It seems the entire country stopped to listen to a husky voice steeped in the simmering secrets of the South tell a tragic tale of teenage suicide. So much for the Summer of Love. "Ode to Billie...


Current Thought in Musicology

by John W. Grubbs

Current Thought in Musicology covers a variety of topics, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present and touching on all the major disciplines of musicology: music history, theory and composition, music education,...


Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll

by Peter Bebergal

This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll-from the Beatles to Black Sabbath-and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our...


The History of Classical Music for Beginners

by R. Ryan Endris & Joe Lee

Music history is nearly as old as human civilization itself, and while it has permeated the arts and popular culture for centuries, it still has this mystifying aura surrounding it. But fear not—it’s not...


Danger Mouse's The Grey Album

by Charles Fairchild

This book marks the tenth anniversary of The Grey Album. The online release and circulation of what Danger Mouse called his 'art project' was an unexpected watershed in the turn-of-the-century brawls over digital...


Michael Jackson's Dangerous

by Susan Fast

Dangerous is Michael Jackson's coming of age album. Granted, that's a bold claim to make given that many think his best work lay behind him by the time this record was made. It offers Jackson on a threshold,...


Groove: A Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance

by Tiger C. Roholt

Written by an experienced drummer and philosopher, Groove is a vivid and exciting study of one of music's most central and relatively unexplored aspects. Tiger C. Roholt explains why grooves, which are forged...


The Key to Music¿s Genetics: Why Music is Part of Being Human

by Christian Lehman, Holger Fleck & Holger Flock

Christian Lehmann brings his experience as a musicologist, singer and academic to this fascinating journey through the origins of music and its role in human development, culture and society. Few books on music...


Gimme Indie Rock

by Andrew Earles

The ultimate guide to one of the most revered periods and movements in American rock history. The 1980s are one of the most ridiculed and parodied epochs in popular music-what with all the skinny lapels, synthesizers,...


Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits

by Jake Brown

You’ve heard them on the radio, listened to them on repeat for days, and sang along at the top of your lungs—but have you ever wondered about the real stories behind all your favorite country songs?

Nashville...


On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom

by Dennis Mcnally

On Highway 61 explores the historical context of the significant social dissent that was central to the cultural genesis of the sixties. The book is going to search for the deeper roots of American cultural...


Roots of the Revival: American and British Folk Music in the 1950s

by Ronald D. Cohen & Rachel Clare Donaldson

Comparing the impact of the folk revival on each side of the Atlantic


Sigur R¿s's ( )

by Ethan Hayden

Words like "inspiring," "expansive," and "moving" are regularly used to describe Sigur R�s's ( ), and yet the only words heard on the record itself are a handful of meaningless nonsense syllables. The album...


Portraits in Jazz: 80 Profiles of Jazz Legends, Renegades and Revolutionaries

by Howard Reich

Howard Reich has reported on jazz for the Chicago Tribune for almost four decades, and in this time he has met musicians both celebrated and obscure. From his exclusive interviews with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett,...


Delius and his Music

by Martin Lee-Browne, Paul Guinery & Sir Mark Elder

There are many biographies and articles about Frederick Delius's life (1862-1934), but there has never been a comprehensive book about his music until now. Everything he wrote, from his earliest compositions...