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Worlds of Sound

Worlds of Sound Author Richard Carlin
ISBN-10 9780062043788
Release 2010-10-19
Pages 304
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A man, a microphone, and a dream When he opened his tiny recording studio in New York in 1940, Moses Asch had a larger-than-life dream: To document and record all the sounds of his time. He created Folkways Records to achieve his goal, not just a record label but a statement that all sounds are equal and every voice deserves to be heard. The Folkways catalog grew to include a myriad of voices, from world- and roots-music to political speeches; the voices of contemporary poets and steam engines; folk singers Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie and jazz pianists Mary Lou Williams and James P. Johnson; Haitian vodoun singers and Javanese court musicians; deep-sea sounds and sounds from the outer ring of Earth's atmosphere. Until his death in 1986, Asch—with the help of collaborators ranging from the eccentric visionary Harry Smith to academic musicologists—created more than 2000 albums, a sound-scape of the contemporary world still unequalled in breadth and scope. Worlds of Sound documents this improbable journey. Along the way you'll meet: A young Pete Seeger, revolutionizing the world with his five-string banjo The amazing vocal ensembles of the Ituri Pygmies North American tree frogs Ella Jenkins's children's music Lead Belly singing "The Midnight Special" The nueva canción of Suni Paz. Folkways became a part of the Smithsonian Institution's collections shortly after Asch's death. Today Smithsonian Folkways continues to make the "worlds of sound" Moe Asch first dreamed of 60 years ago available to all. The Folkways vision is expansive and all-inclusive, and Worlds of Sound advances its rich and lively spirit.

Godfather of the Music Business

Godfather of the Music Business Author Richard Carlin
ISBN-10 9781496805713
Release 2016-03-10
Pages 304
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This biography tells the story of one of the most notorious figures in the history of popular music, Morris Levy (1927-1990). At age nineteen, he cofounded the nightclub Birdland in Hell's Kitchen, which became the home for a new musical style, bebop. Levy operated one of the first integrated clubs on Broadway and helped build the careers of Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell and most notably aided the reemergence of Count Basie. In 1957, he founded a record label, Roulette Records. Roulette featured many of the significant jazz artists who played Birdland but also scored top pop hits with acts like Buddy Knox, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Joey Dee and the Starliters, and, in the mid-1960s, Tommy James. Stories abound of Levy threatening artists, songwriters, and producers, sometimes just for the sport, other times so he could continue to build his empire. Along the way, Levy attracted "investors" with ties to the Mafia, including Dominic Ciaffone (a.k.a. "Swats" Mulligan), Tommy Eboli, and the most notorious of them all, Vincent Gigante. Gigante allegedly owned large pieces of Levy's recording and retail businesses. Starting in the late 1950s, the FBI and IRS investigated Levy but could not make anything stick until the early 1980s, when Levy foolishly got involved in a deal to sell remaindered records to a small-time reseller, John LaMonte. With partners in the mob, Levy tried to force LaMonte to pay for four million remaindered records. When the FBI secretly wiretapped LaMonte in an unrelated investigation and agents learned about the deal, investigators successfully prosecuted Levy in the extortion scheme. Convicted in 1988, Levy did not live to serve prison time. Stricken with cancer, he died just as his last appeals were exhausted. However, even if he had lived, Levy's brand of storied high life was effectively bust. Corporate ownership of record labels doomed most independents in the business, ending the days when a savvy if ruthless hustler could blaze a path to the top.

A Language of Song

A Language of Song Author Samuel Charters
ISBN-10 9780822392071
Release 2009-04-15
Pages 364
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In A Language of Song, Samuel Charters—one of the pioneering collectors of African American music—writes of a trip to West Africa where he found “a gathering of cultures and a continuing history that lay behind the flood of musical expression [he] encountered everywhere . . . from Brazil to Cuba, to Trinidad, to New Orleans, to the Bahamas, to dance halls of west Louisiana and the great churches of Harlem.” In this book, Charters takes readers along to those and other places, including Jamaica and the Georgia Sea Islands, as he recounts experiences from a half-century spent following, documenting, recording, and writing about the Africa-influenced music of the United States, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Each of the book’s fourteen chapters is a vivid rendering of a particular location that Charters visited. While music is always his focus, the book is filled with details about individuals, history, landscape, and culture. In first-person narratives, Charters relates voyages including a trip to the St. Louis home of the legendary ragtime composer Scott Joplin and the journey to West Africa, where he met a man who performed an hours-long song about the Europeans’ first colonial conquests in Gambia. Throughout the book, Charters traces the persistence of African musical culture despite slavery, as well as the influence of slaves’ songs on subsequent musical forms. In evocative prose, he relates a lifetime of travel and research, listening to brass bands in New Orleans; investigating the emergence of reggae, ska, and rock-steady music in Jamaica’s dancehalls; and exploring the history of Afro-Cuban music through the life of the jazz musician Bebo Valdés. A Language of Song is a unique expedition led by one of music’s most observant and well-traveled explorers.

Folk City

Folk City Author Stephen Petrus
ISBN-10 9780190231040
Release 2015-06-08
Pages 304
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From Washington Square Park and the Gaslight Caf? to WNYC Radio and Folkways Records, New York City's cultural, artistic, and commercial assets helped to shape a distinctively urban breeding ground for the folk music revival of the 1950s and 60s. Folk City explores New York's central role in fueling the nationwide craze for folk music in postwar America. It involves the efforts of record company producers and executives, club owners, concert promoters, festival organizers, musicologists, agents and managers, editors and writers - and, of course, musicians and audiences. In Folk City, authors Stephen Petrus and Ron Cohen capture the exuberance of the times and introduce readers to a host of characters who brought a new style to the biggest audience in the history of popular music. Among the savvy New York entrepreneurs committed to promoting folk music were Izzy Young of the Folklore Center, Mike Porco of Gerde's Folk City, and John Hammond of Columbia Records. While these and other businessmen developed commercial networks for musicians, the performance venues provided the artists space to test their mettle. The authors portray Village coffee houses not simply as lively venues but as incubators of a burgeoning counterculture, where artists from diverse backgrounds honed their performance techniques and challenged social conventions. Accessible and engaging, fresh and provocative, rich in anecdotes and primary sources, Folk City is lavishly illustrated with images collected for the accompanying major exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York in 2015.

Inside Smithsonian Research

Inside Smithsonian Research Author Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs
ISBN-10 CHI:82283841
Release 2008
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Inside Smithsonian Research has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Inside Smithsonian Research also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Inside Smithsonian Research book for free.

Do Not Sell At Any Price

Do Not Sell At Any Price Author Amanda Petrusich
ISBN-10 9781451667066
Release 2015-06-09
Pages 288
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A celebration of 78 rpm record subculture reveals the growing value of rare records and the determined efforts of their collectors and archivists, exploring the music of blues artists who have been lost to the modern world.

Country Music

Country Music Author Richard Carlin
ISBN-10 9781135361044
Release 2014-02-25
Pages 540
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This illustrated A-Z guide covers more than 700 country music artists, groups, and bands. Articles also cover specific genres within country music as well as instruments used. Written in a lively, engaging style, the entries not only outline the careers of country music's greatest artists, they provide an understanding of the artist's importance or failings, and a feeling for his or her style. Select discographies are provided at the end of each entry, while a bibliography and indexes by instrument, musical style, genre, and song title round out the work. For a full list of entries, a generous selection of sample entries, and more, visit the Country Music: A Biographical Dictionary website.

Sound Worlds of Japanese Gardens

Sound Worlds of Japanese Gardens Author Michael D. Fowler
ISBN-10 9783839425688
Release 2014-07
Pages 218
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Michael D. Fowler presents an interdisciplinary approach to investigating the sound world of traditional Japanese gardens by drawing from the diverse fields of semiotics, acoustic ecology, philosophy, mathematical modelling, architecture, music, landscape theory and acoustic analysis. Using projects - ranging from data-visualisations, immersive sound installations, algorithmically generated meta-gardens and proto-architectural form finding missions - as creative paradigms, the book offers a new framework for artistic inquiry in which the sole objective is the generation of new knowledge through the act of spatial thinking.

Ain t Nothing LIke the Real Thing

Ain t Nothing LIke the Real Thing Author Richard Carlin
ISBN-10 9781588342690
Release 2010-04-01
Pages 264
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Celebrates the seventy-five years of the Apollo Theater, from the Harlem Renaissance to the present, discussing its significance in African American entertainment and its role in social and political racial issues.

With Strings Attached

With Strings Attached Author Jonathan Kellerman
ISBN-10 0345499786
Release 2008
Pages 344
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The best-selling author of Compulsion shares his love for vintage guitars in a lavishly illustrated volume showcasing his own outstanding collection of instruments, accompanied by essays on the history, structure, and unique features of these musical treasures. 30,000 first printing.

It Still Moves

It Still Moves Author Amanda Petrusich
ISBN-10 1429957557
Release 2008-08-19
Pages 304
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"Where lies the boundary between meaning and sentiment? Between memory and nostalgia? America and Americana? What is and what was? Does it move?" --Donovon Hohn, A Romance of Rust Part travelogue, part cultural criticism, part music appreciation, It Still Moves does for today's avant folk scene what Greil Marcus did for Dylan and The Basement Tapes. Amanda Petrusich outlines the sounds of the new, weird America—honoring the rich tradition of gospel, bluegrass, country, folk, and rock that feeds it, while simultaneously exploring the American character as personified in all of these genres historically. Through interviews, road stories, geographical and sociological interpretations, and detailed music criticism, Petrusich traces the rise of Americana music from its gospel origins through its new and compelling incarnations (as evidenced in bands and artists from Elvis to Iron and Wine, the Carter Family to Animal Collective, Johnny Cash to Will Oldham) and explores how the genre is adapting to the twenty-first century. Ultimately the book is an examination of all things American: guitars, cars, kids, motion, passion, enterprise, and change, in a fervent attempt to reconcile the American past with the American present, using only dusty records and highway maps as guides.

A Year from Monday

A Year from Monday Author John Cage
ISBN-10 9780819570550
Release 2010-10-20
Pages 179
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Includes lectures, essays, diaries and other writings, including "How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)" and "Juilliard Lecture."

Beyond the Roof of the World

Beyond the Roof of the World Author Benjamin D. Koen
ISBN-10 9780199798216
Release 2011-07-28
Pages 240
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Beyond the Roof of the World is a benchmark in Medical Ethnomusicology and integrative, complementary/alternative medicine. Koen explores ancient practices of music, prayer, and healing among the Pamiri people of Tajikistan.

How I Became a Ghost

How I Became a Ghost Author Tim Tingle
ISBN-10 1937054551
Release 2014-07-08
Pages 160
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A Choctaw boy tells the story of his tribe's removal from its Mississippi homeland, and how its exodus to the American West led him to become a ghost -- one able to help those left behind.

Labor s Troubadour

Labor s Troubadour Author Joe Glazer
ISBN-10 025207095X
Release 2002
Pages 352
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Spiced with colorful anecdotes, leavened with humor, and rich with compassion for the struggles of the rank-and-file worker, Labor's Troubadour traces the life and work of labor balladeer Joe Glazer.For more than half a century, armed only with his guitar, reams of songs, and conviction, Glazer has marshaled the power of music to fight for union representation in mills, mines, factories, and offices all over the country. A performer, educator, and ""musical agitator for all good causes,"" Glazer has sung on picket lines, in worn-out union halls, and at elegant dinners, using humor, irony, and pathos to drive home the message of unionism. With the ease and lan of a seasoned storyteller, Glazer tells of sharing platforms with political powerhouses including Harry Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hubert Humphrey, Adlai Stevenson, George McGovern, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Ladybird Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. With sparks of humor, he describes his encounters with Jackie Kennedy, Rudolf Serkin, and other celebrities, as well as his relationships with Walter Reuther, George Meany, Cesar Chavez, Philip Murray, John Sweeney, and other outstanding leaders of the labor movement.During half a lifetime of rubbing shoulders with the powerful, however, Glazer's focus has never wavered from supporting workers' efforts to secure fair wages and decent working conditions. His reward has been to see his music bring unity out of discord, galvanize union support, and lift the spirits of striking workers who were running low on every resource except a shared faith in the strength of unity.In a career that has taken him all over the world to sing, write, and collect songs about the common human condition of working, Glazer has seen songs about the battle for the eight-hour day give way to songs about automation and cheap imports, with a constant refrain of union busters, scabs, solidarity, plant safety, and retirement benefits. Seventy of these songs are included in the book. An enthusiastic recruiter and promoter of new talent, Glazer has also drawn a number of new labor balladeers into the limelight, some of whom he profiles here.A lively and moving testament of ""sticking to the union,"" Labor's Troubadour reveals the powerful role music can play in the serious business of changing the world. U.S. Supreme Court decisions change the lives of Americans for better or worse. Obviously, the stakes are high for litigants, but the outcomes also affect economic, social, and political life as the Court's actions direct law interpretation throughout the American legal system. Year after year the Supreme Court makes decisions that twist or turn American politics. In 2000, the Court decided the outcome of a presidential election. By doing so, some commentators claimed that the Court veered off its chartered constitutional course. Other commentators maintainedthat the Court brought needed stability to a political process that required finality.How it happens that a vote of nine justices substituted for the votes cast by citizens is not easily explained. In Bush v. Gore you can read and reflect on the entire proceedings, from the initial petitions urging the Supreme Court review through the briefs and reply briefs to the Court's opinions and dissents. More than that, you can listen to the proceedings as the justices ask questions and the attorneys answer. The recordings demonstrate as no transcript can the tension in the Court while it heard the arguments and the emotions that ran high as the justices dealt with each other.This is the first in a series of compact discs on major decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court. Bush v. Gore takes full advantage of digital technology to allow access to each case as it was presented as well as to the decisions and dissents that came from it. Hardly an austere and impersonal body, the Supreme Court will come alive as individuals passionately involved in the logic, precedents, and consequences of law in the United States argue the great issues in our time.

Exploring American Folk Music

Exploring American Folk Music Author Kip Lornell
ISBN-10 9781617032646
Release 2012-05-29
Pages 386
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Prev. ed. published under title: Introducing American folk music.

Sing for Freedom

Sing for Freedom Author Julian Bond
ISBN-10 9781588381934
Release 2008-03-01
Pages 266
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Two classic collections of freedom songs by historians Guy and Candie Carawan are reprinted here in a single edition. Includes a major new introduction by the editors, as well as words and music to original songs from the Civil Rights movement.