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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.

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.

Lightnin Hopkins

Lightnin  Hopkins Author Alan B. Govenar
ISBN-10 9781556529627
Release 2010
Pages 334
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Looks at the life, career, and influence of the blues musician, along with a critical analysis of his works and quotations from his lyrics.

Folkways Records

Folkways Records Author Tony Olmsted
ISBN-10 9781135353551
Release 2013-10-18
Pages 256
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In 1949, immigrant recording engineer Moses Asch embarked on a lifelong project: documenting the world of sound produced by mankind, via a small record label called Folkways Records. By the time of his death in 1986, he had amassed an archive of over 2,200 LPs and thousands of hours of tapes; so valuable was this collection that it was purchased by the Smithsonian Institute. Folkways Records is an account of how he built this business, working against all odds, to create a landmark in the history of American music.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study in History Art Science

Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study in History  Art  Science Author
ISBN-10 OSU:32435077098689
Release 2010
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Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study in History Art Science has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study in History Art Science also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study in History Art Science book for free.

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.

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.


ISBN-10 UOMDLP:abf2062:0005.001
Release 1860
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ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH BALLADS has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH BALLADS also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH BALLADS book for free.

Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume 8

Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume 8 Author John Shepherd
ISBN-10 9781441148742
Release 2012-03-08
Pages 584
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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music Volume 8 is one of six volumes within the 'Genre' strand of the series. This volume discusses the genres of North America in relation to their cultural, historical and geographic origins; technical musical characteristics; instrumentation and use of voice; lyrics and language; typical features of performance and presentation; historical development and paths and modes of dissemination; influence of technology, the music industry and political and economic circumstances; changing stylistic features; notable and influential performers; and relationships to other genres and sub-genres. This volume features over 100 in-depth essays on genres ranging from Adult Contemporary to Alternative Rock, from Barbershop to Bebop, and from Disco to Emo.

World Music Latin and North America Caribbean India Asia and Pacific

World Music  Latin and North America  Caribbean  India  Asia and Pacific Author Simon Broughton
ISBN-10 1858286360
Release 2000
Pages 720
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Divided by region and subregion, this volume examines the indigenous music of different countries, its current status, major performers, and special instruments.

Festival of American Folklife

Festival of American Folklife Author
ISBN-10 IND:30000026368054
Release 1997
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Worlds of Music Shorter Version

Worlds of Music  Shorter Version Author Jeff Todd Titon
ISBN-10 9781337517676
Release 2016-12-05
Pages 422
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This shorter version of the bestselling WORLDS OF MUSIC provides much of the authoritative coverage of the comprehensive version in a format that's accessible to students without any background or training in music. Using a case-study approach, the text presents in-depth explorations of music from several cultures around the world. The authors, all working ethnomusicologists, base their discussions of music-cultures on their own fieldwork and give students a true sense of both the music and culture that created it. Editor Jeff Todd Titon’s opening chapter introduces students to ethnomusicology and relates each chapter's music to the fundamentals of music in a worldwide context, while the final chapter invites students to undertake a fieldwork research project that increases their understanding of music in daily life. Authentic recordings from the authors' fieldwork are keyed to the text and available online, giving students access to a wide range of music-cultures. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.