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A Concise History of Western Music - Paul Griffiths
Call Number: ML160 .G75 2006
ISBN: 0521842948
Publication Date: 2006-06-29
Engaging, clear and informative, this is the story of western music - of its great composers and also of its performers and listeners, of changing ideas of what music is and what it is for. Paul Griffiths shows how music has evolved through the centuries, and suggests how its evolution has mirrored developments in the human notion of time, from the eternity of heaven to the computer's microsecond. The book provides an enticing introduction for students and beginners, using the minimum of technical terms, all straightforwardly defined in the glossary. Its perspective and its insights will also make it illuminating for teachers, musicians and music lovers. Suggestions for further reading and recommended recordings are given for each of the 24 short chapters.

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A Good-Natured Riot : the birth of the Grand Ole Opry - Charles K. Wolfe
Call Number: ML3524 .W64 1999
ISBN: 082651331X
Publication Date: 1999-05-28
Winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award On November 28, 1925, a white-bearded man sat before one of Nashville radio station WSM's newfangled carbon microphones to play a few old-time fiddle tunes. Uncle Jimmy Thompson played on the air for an hour that night, and throughout the region listeners at their old crystal sets suddenly perked up. Back in Nashville the response at the offices of National Life Insurance Company, which owned radio station WSM ("We Shield Millions"), was dramatic; phone calls and telegrams poured into the station, many of them making special requests. It was not long before station manager George D. Hay was besieged by pickers and fiddlers of every variety, as well as hoedown bands, singers, and comedians--all wanting their shot at the Saturday night airwaves. "We soon had a good-natured riot on our hands," Hay later recalled. And, thus, the Opry was born. Or so the story goes. In truth, the birth of the Opry was a far more complicated event than even Hay, "the solemn old Judge," remembered. The veteran performers of that era are all gone now, but since the 1970s pioneering country music historian Charles K. Wolfe has spent countless hours recording the oral history of the principals and their families and mining archival materials from the Country Music Foundation and elsewhere to understand just what those early days were like. The story that he has reconstructed is fascinating. Both a detailed history and a group biography of the Opry's early years, A Good-Natured Riot provides the first comprehensive and thoroughly researched account of the personalities, the music, and the social and cultural conditions that were such fertile ground for the growth of a radio show that was to become an essential part of American culture. Wolfe traces the unsure beginnings of the Opry through its many incarnations, through cast tours of the South, the Great Depression, commercial sponsorship by companies like Prince Albert Tobacco, and the first national radio linkups. He gives colorful and engaging portraits of the motley assembly of the first Opry casts--amateurs from the hills and valleys surrounding Nashville, like harmonica player Dr. Humphrey Bate ("Dean of the Opry") and fiddler Sid Harkreader, virtuoso string bands like the Dixieliners, colorful hoedown bands like the Gully Jumpers and the Fruit Jar Drinkers, the important African American performer DeFord Bailey, vaudeville acts and comedians like Lasses and Honey, through more professional groups such as the Vagabonds, the Delmore Brothers, Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, and perennial favorite Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys. With dozens of wonderful photographs and a complete roster of every performer and performance of these early Opry years, A Good-Natured Riot gives a full and authoritative portrayal of the colorful beginnings of WSM's barn dance program up to 1940, by which time the Grand Ole Opry had found its national audience and was poised to become the legendary institution that it remains to this day.

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African American Music: an introduction - Mellonee V. Burnim (Editor); Portia K. Maultsby (Editor)
Call Number: ML3556 .A34 2006
ISBN: 0415941377
Publication Date: 2005-10-31
African American Music: An Introduction is a collection of thirty essays by leading scholars whch survey major African American musical genres, both sacred and secular, from slavery to the present. The work brings together, in a single volume, treatments of African American music that have existed largely independent of each other. The research is based in large part on ethnographic fieldwork, which privileges the voices of the music-makers themselves, while interpreting their narratives through a richly textured mosaic of history and culture. The book is replete with references to seminal recordings and recording artists, musical transcriptions, photographs, and illustrations that bring the music to life as expressions of human beings. At the same time, it includes the kind of musical specificity that brings clarity to the structural, melodic, and rhythmic characteristics that both distinguish and unify the music of African-Americans.

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American Music - Irving L. Sablosky
Call Number: ML200 .S3
ISBN: 0226733262
Publication Date: 1997-08-05
1. New beginnings : I. First encounters --
II. Ardent amateurs, venturesome professionals --
III. Frontier voices --
2. Building and searching : IV. A question of taste --
V.A rising nation --
VI. Shaping new forms --
3. Emergence : VII. Bridge to the present --
VIII. Many musics, many audiences --
Important dates --
Suggested reading --
Recordings --

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American Music in the Twentieth Century - Kyle Gann
Call Number: ML200.5 .G36 1997
ISBN: 002864655X
Publication Date: 1997-11-21
Kyle Gann examines the characteristic sounds of the diverse movements in American art music from Charles Ives to the present day. He sketches the changing social and cultural contexts of American concert music through the study of representative works of music and key individuals.

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American Popular Music: new approaches to the twentieth century - Rachel Rubin (Editor); Jeffrey P. Melnick (Editor)
Call Number: ML3477 .A42 2001
ISBN: 1558492674
Publication Date: 2001-12-01
Designed as a broad introductory survey, and written by experts in the field, this book examines the rise of American music over the 20th century - the period in which that music came into its own and achieved unprecedented popularity. Beginning with a look at music as a business, 11 essays explore a variety of popular musical genres, including Tin Pan Alley, blues, jazz, country, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, folk, rap, and Mexican American corridos. Reading these essays, we come to see that the forms created by one group often appeal to, and are in turn influenced by, other groups - across lines of race, ethnicity, class, gender, region and age.

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Baroque Music - Claude V. Palisca
Call Number: ML193 .P34 1968
ISBN: 9780130584960
Publication Date: 1968
The baroque ideal -- The beginnings of the baroque style -- The recitative style -- The rise of the sacred concerto -- Lute and keyboard music -- The sacred concerto in Germany -- Italian Cantata, oratorio and opera in mid-century -- Sonata, concerto and sinfonia -- Opera in France and Italy from Lully to Scarlatti -- Dramatic music in England -- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

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Chamber Music, 2nd Ed. - Homer Ulrich
Call Number: ML1100 .U4 1966
ISBN: 0231086172
Publication Date: 1966-12-22
1: Backgrounds --
2: From canzone to sonata da chiesa --
3: From dance suite to sonata da camera --
4: Solo and the trio sonata --
5: Emergence of classical style --
6: Franz Joseph Haydn --
7: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart --
8: Ludwig van Beethoven --
9: Schubert and the romantic period --
10: Brahms and the decline of romanticism --
11: Contemporary world --
Bibliography --

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Classic American Popular Song: the second half-century, 1950-2000 - David Jenness; Donald Velsey
Call Number: ML3477 .J46 2005
ISBN: 9780415970563
Publication Date: 2005-11-15
Classic pop at mid-century --
The music went round and round--
Late flowering from old stock --
Indian summer of the classic popular song --
Restocking the songbook --
The land where the good songs go --
Other voices in popular song --
Sondheim and after --
Classic American popular song at the end of the twentieth century.

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Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven - Charles Rosen
Call Number: ML195 .R68 1997
ISBN: 0393040208
Publication Date: 1997-03-17
A reissue of a masterpiece by a world-class pianist and top-rank thinkernow expanded and with a compact disc. This outstanding book focusing on the three most-beloved composers of the Vienna School is considered basic to any study of the music from their era. Drawing on his rich experience and intimate familiarity with the works of these giants, Charles Rosen presents his keen insights in language that is clear, persuasive, and nontechnical. For this reissue of The Classical Style, Rosen provides a comprehensive new introduction that incorporates ideas he has formulated in the past twenty-five years and responds to the reactions of others writers to the book during that time. Readers are also treated to a compact disc, recorded by Rosen in 1996 and produced especially to accompany this new version of the book. The CD offers complete performances of two late sonatas of Beethoven that are discussed extensively in the text: the Opus 106 in Bb major (the Hammerklavier) and the Opus 110 in C minor.

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Close Harmony : a history of southern gospel - James R. Goff
Call Number: ML3187 .G64 2002
ISBN: 0807826812
Publication Date: 2002-03-25
Comprehensive and richly illustrated, Close Harmony traces the development of the music known as southern gospel from its antebellum origins to its twentieth-century emergence as a vibrant musical industry driven by the world of radio, television, recordings, and concert promotions. Marked by smooth, tight harmonies and a lyrical focus on the message of Christian salvation, southern gospel--particularly the white gospel quartet tradition--had its roots in nineteenth-century shape-note singing. The spread of white gospel music is intricately connected to the people who based their livelihoods on it, and Close Harmony is filled with the stories of artists and groups such as Frank Stamps, the Chuck Wagon Gang, the Blackwood Brothers, the Rangers, the Swanee River Boys, the Statesmen, and the Oak Ridge Boys. The book also explores changing relations between black and white artists and shows how, following the civil rights movement, white gospel was influenced by black gospel, bluegrass, rock, metal, and, later, rap. With Christian music sales topping the $600 million mark at the close of the twentieth century, Close Harmony explores the history of an important and influential segment of the thriving gospel industry.

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Composers on Music: eight centuries of writings - Josiah Fisk (Editor, Preface by); Jeff Nichols (Editor)
Call Number: ML90 .C77 1997
ISBN: 1555532799
Publication Date: 1997-01-30
Sam Morgenstern's classic anthology, now thoroughly updated with new selections and commentary reflecting recent music scholarship.

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Cultural Codes: makings of a Black music philosophy : an interpretive history from spirituals to hip hop - William C. Banfield; Bill Banfield
Call Number: ML3479 .B364 2010
ISBN: 9780810872868
Publication Date: 2009-12-10
No art can survive without an understanding of, and dedication to, the values envisioned by its creators. No culture over time has existed without a belief system to sustain its survival. Black music is no different. In Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy, William C. Banfield engages the reader in a conversation about the aesthetics and meanings that inform this critical component of our social consciousness.By providing a focused examination of the historical development of Black music artistry, Banfield formulates a useable philosophy tied to how such music is made, shaped, and functions. In so doing, he explores Black music culture from three angles: history, education, and the creative work of the musicians who have moved the art forward. In addition to tracing Black music from its African roots to its various contemporary expressions, including jazz, soul, R&B, funk, and hip hop, Banfield profiles some of the most important musicians over the last century: W.C. Handy, Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, John Coltrane, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Wonder, among others. Cultural Codes provides an educational and philosophical framework for students and scholars interested in the traditions, the development, the innovators, and the relevance of Black music.

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History of Music - Hugh Milton Miller
Call Number: ML160 .M545 1973
ISBN: 0064600556
Publication Date: 1973-01-01
This history aims to strike a mean between the abstruse and the elementary, the scientific and the educational. The first topic is the Gregorian Chant followed by surveys of French, Italian, English, and Russian music.

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Keyboard music - Denis Matthews
Call Number: ML650 .M25
ISBN: 9780715356128
Publication Date: 04-27-1972
Introduction --
Early keyboard music / by Howard Ferguson --
Bach and Handel / Charles Rosen --
Haydn, Mozart, and their contemporaries / Eva Badura-Skoda ; translated by Margaret Bent --
Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms / Denis Matthews --
The romantic tradition / John Ogdon --
The growth of national schools / James Gibb --
The twentieth century / Susan Bradshaw.

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Liberating black church history : making it plain - Juan M. Floyd-Thomas
Call Number: BT82.7 .F56 2014
ISBN: 9781426786822
Publication Date: 2014-05-20
No serious scholar in biblical studies today can introduce students to his or her field without taking into account the contributions of African American scholarship. The long traditions of biblical interpretation in the Black Church, and the innovative research and writing performed by African American scholars in recent years are now essential components of a critical study of the Bible. Up to now, knowing how best to introduce the fruits of African American biblical scholarship to students has been difficult. Good resources exist, yet too often they are not written with the needs of introductory students in mind. This book meets that need by providing an overview of the most important developments in African American approaches to biblical scholarship. It offers insight into the particular ways that African American scholarship has shaped the world of biblical study..

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Medieval Music - Richard H. Hoppin
Call Number: ML172 .H8
ISBN: 0393090906
Publication Date: 1978-06-17
For at least two and a half millennia, the figure of Orpheus has haunted humanity. Half-man, half-god, musician, magician, theologian, poet, and lover, his story never leaves us. He may be myth, but his lyre still sounds, entrancing everything that hears it: animals, trees, water, stones, and men. In this extraordinary work, Ann Wroe goes in search of Orpheus, tracing the man and the power he represents through the myriad versions of a fantastical life: his birth in Thrace, his studies in Egypt, his voyage with the Argonauts to fetch the Golden Fleece, his love for Eurydice and the journey to Hades, and his terrible death. We see him tantalizing Cicero and Plato, and breathing new music into Gluck and Monteverdi; occupying the mind of Jung and the surreal dreams of Cocteau; scandalizing the Fathers of the early Church, and filling Rilke with poems like a whirlwind. He emerges as not simply another mythical figure but the force of creation itself, singing the song of light out of darkness and life out of death.

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Mendelssohn, Time and Memory: the romantic conception of cyclic form - Benedict Taylor
Call Number: ML410.M5 T39 2011
ISBN: 9781107005785
Publication Date: 2011-10-27
Felix Mendelssohn has long been viewed as one of the most historically minded composers in western music. This book explores the conceptions of time, memory and history found in his instrumental compositions, presenting an intriguing new perspective on his ever-popular music. Focusing on Mendelssohn's innovative development of cyclic form, Taylor investigates how the composer was influenced by the aesthetic and philosophical movements of the period. This is of key importance not only for reconsideration of Mendelssohn's work and its position in nineteenth-century culture, but also more generally concerning the relationship between music, time and subjectivity. One of very few detailed accounts of Mendelssohn's music, the study presents a new and provocative reading of the meaning of the composer's work by connecting it to wider cultural and philosophical ideas.

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Modern Composers - Wendy Thompson
Call Number: qML31 .T478 2003
ISBN: 1842158694
Publication Date: 2003-11-06
This illustrated guide to the most influential composers of the 20th and 21st centuries encompasses detailed biographies as well as placing the most important works into historical context.

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Music for Piano : a short history - F. E. Kirby; Maurice Hinson (Foreword by)
Call Number: ML700 .K45 1995
ISBN: 0931340861
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
This historical survey focuses on music for piano solo but also includes compositions for piano duet and two pianos. It covers the repertoire from the Renaissance to the late 20th century and incorporates a bibliography of 1,100 sources for further study.

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Music in the Renaissance - Gustave Reese
Call Number: ML172 .R42 1959
ISBN: 0393095304
Publication Date: 1959-11-17
For this study, the most fitting method has seemed to be one that might, with Browning in mind, be called the Ring and the Book technique. Part I deals at some length with the central musical language of the 15th and 16th centuries, which was developed in France, Italy, and the Low Countries, while Part II deals primarily with the music of other lands. This distinction has nothing to do with the comparative intrinsic merit of the various bodies of music, but only with the separation of local dialects from the central language. Indeed, such local productions as the 16th-century music of Spain and England provide artistic expressions quite in a class with the best music of France, Italy, and the Low Countries. The method of first taking into account only the central language has the advantage of permitting the main technical developments of the centuries under consideration to be described, as it were, in a straight line. Thereafter, the entire period is traversed again for each country dealt with in Part II. As a result, the same musical forms and processes of composition are treated several times, but each discussion is entered from a different approach and with the admixture of something individual--that is, national. The method offers advantages not only to the one whose task it is to sort out a huge amount of varied material, but also to the one who studies it: the student has the main historical outline presented to him more than once, but each time with important changes in the details by which it is filled in.

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Music of the Great Depression - William H. Young; Nancy K. Young
Call Number: ML3477 .Y68 2005
ISBN: 0313332304
Publication Date: 2005-02-28
Prior to the stock market crash of 1929 American music still possessed a distinct tendency towards elitism, as songwriters and composers sought to avoid the mass appeal that critics scorned. During the Depression, however, radio came to dominate the other musical media of the time, and a new era of truly popular music was born. Under the guidance of the great Duke Ellington and a number of other talented and charismatic performers, swing music unified the public consciousness like no other musical form before or since. At the same time the enduring legacies of Woody Guthrie in folk, Aaron Copeland in classical, and George and Ira Gershwin on Broadway stand as a testament to the great diversity of tastes and interests that subsisted throughout the Great Depression, and play a part still in our lives today. The lives of these and many other great musicians come alive in this insightful study of the works, artists, and circumstances that contributed to making and performing the music that helped America through one of its most difficult times. The "American History through Music" series examines the many different styles of music that have played a significant part in our nation's history. While volumes in this series show the multifaceted roles of music in our culture, they also use music as a lens through which readers may study American social history. The authors present in-depth analysis of American musical genres, significant musicians, technological innovations, and the many connections between music and the realms of art, politics, and daily life.

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Music of the Peoples of the World - William Alves
Call Number: ML3545 .A48 2006
ISBN: 0534592309
Publication Date: 2005-09-16
Listen to and appreciate music of different cultures with MUSIC OF THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD! Stunning illustrations help you to better understand the people, music, and the instruments of the nine musical cultures discussed. Active Listening Tools, a free download from the text specific website, enhances listening and understanding by allowing you to view instruments and cultural settings while you listen to musical excerpts.

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Music since 1900 - Laura Kuhn; Nicolas Slonimsky
Call Number: qML197 .S634 2001
ISBN: 9780028647876
Publication Date: 2001-12-01
This 6th edition brings music of the 20th century to a close with coverage of years not included in the 5th edition--1992-2000. Entries on roughly 1,000 more composers, performers, musicologists, critics, and opera directors offer critical commentary, notable premieres and debuts, deaths of significant figures, as well as important festivals and concerts around the world.

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Negro Folk Music, U. S. A. - Harold Courlander
Call Number: ML 3556 .C7 1963
ISBN: 0231023650
Publication Date: 1963-01-01
The setting --
Negro folk music in the United States --
Anthems and spirituals as oral literature --
Cries, calls, whooping, and hollering --
Sounds of work --
Blues --
Ring games and playparty songs --
Louisiana Creole songs --
Performer's corner : Ballads and minstrelsy --
Dances : Calindas, Buzzard lopes, and reels --
Instruments : drums, gutbuckets, and horns --
The music: Wake up Jonah ; Job, Job --
Rock chariot ; Wonder where is my brother gone ; This may be your last time ; Move, members move ; Traveling shoes ; It's getting late in the evening ; King David ; The sun will never go down ; When you feel like moaning ; Didn't you hear ; My name's been written down ; What month was Jesus born in ; Noah, Noah ; Everywhere I go my Lord ; Israelites shouting ; Let me ride ; Dark was the night ; When Jesus met the woman at the well ; Way bye and bye ; Precious Lord, take my hand ; I'm crossing Jordan River ; Russia, let that moon alone ; Long John ; Rosie ; She done got ugly ; Captain holler hurry ; Black woman ; Motherless children ; I'm going uptown ; Careless love ; Look down ; Meet me in the bottoms ; Old lady Sally wants to jump ; Green green rocky road ; Little Sally Walker ; Just watch that lady ; Mary Mack ; John Henry ; Old John Booker.

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New Oxford History of Music: The Modern Age, 1890-1960 - Martin Cooper (Editor)
Call Number: ML160 .N44 v.1-v.10 (missing v.6 and v.8)
ISBN: 0193163101
Publication Date: 1974-08-22
The New Oxford History of Music has been planned as a complete survey of music from the earliest times down to the present day, including not only the achievements of the Western world but also the contributions made by Eastern civilizations and primitive societies.


Music History

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Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come From: lyrics and history - Robert Springer (Editor)
Call Number: ML3521 .N63 2006
ISBN: 1934110299
Publication Date: 2007-06-01
Musicians and music scholars rightly focus on the sounds of the blues and the colorful life stories of blues performers. Equally important and, until now, inadequately studied are the lyrics. The international contributors to Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come From explore this aspect of the blues and establish the significance of African American popular song as a neglected form of oral history. "High Water Everywhere: Blues and Gospel Commentary on the 1927 Mississippi River Flood," by David Evans, is the definitive study of songs about one of the greatest natural disasters in the history of the United States. In "Death by Fire: African American Popular Music on the Natchez Rhythm Club Fire," Luigi Monge analyzes a continuum of songs about exclusively African American tragedy. "Lookin' for the Bully: An Enquiry into a Song and Its Story," by Paul Oliver traces the origins and the many avatars of the Bully song. In "That Dry Creek Eaton Clan: A North Mississippi Murder Ballad of the 1930s," Tom Freeland and Chris Smith study a ballad recorded in 1939 by a black convict at Parchman prison farm. "Coolidge's Blues: African American Blues from the Roaring Twenties" is Guido van Rijn's survey of blues of that decade. Robert Springer's "On the Electronic Trail of Blues Formulas" presents a number of conclusions about the spread of patterns in blues narratives. In "West Indies Blues: An Historical Overview 1920s-1950s," John Cowley turns his attention to West Indian songs produced on the American mainland. Finally, in "Ethel Waters: 'Long, Lean, Lanky Mama,'" Randall Cherry reappraises the early career of this blues and vaudeville singer. Robert Springer is a professor of English at the University of Metz in Longeville les Metz, France. Among other works, he is the author of Authentic Blues: Its History and Its Themes and the editor of The Lyrics in African American Popular Music.

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Our musical heritage; a short history of music. - Curt Sachs
Call Number: ML160 .S125 1955
Publication Date: 1955
The primitives --
The orient --
Greece and Rome --
The Early Middle ages, up to A.D. 1000 --
The romanesque period, 1000-1150 --
The early and central gothic periods, 1150-1300 --
The late gothic period, 1300-1400 --
The age of Dufay, 1400-1460 --
The age of Ockeghem, 1460-1500 --
The age of Josquin, 1500-1530 --
The age of Gombert and Willaert, 1530-1564 --
The age of Palestrina and Lassus, 1564-1600 --
The age of Monteverdi and Schutz, 1600-1630 --
The age of Carissimi, 1630-1670 --
The age of Lully and Purcell, 1670-1710 --
The age of Bach and Rameau, 1710-1750 --
The age of Haydn and Mozart, 1750-1791 --
The age of Beethoven and Schubert, 1791-1828 --
The age of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Berlioz, 1828-1854 --
The age of Wagner and Brahms, 1854-1886 --
The age of Debussy and Strauss, 1886-1922 --
The age of Schoenberg and Stravinsky, 1922-1954 --
Table of partial tones and ratios.

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Penguin Guide to Classical Music - Paul Griffiths
Call Number: ML100 .G84 2004
ISBN: 0141009241
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
This superbly authoritative new work provides a comprehensive A to Z guide to every aspect of some 1000 years of Western music.
This work explores the lives and achievements of figures in the field of music, discusses individual works, offers plot synopses of operas and ballets, and considers the careers of major performers. It looks at historical movements and trends, the evolution of musical instruments and the development of different forms of music, explains the vocabulary of classical music and the technical terms that describe how works are written and performed.

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People Get Ready!: a new history of Black gospel music - Robert Darden; Will Darden
Call Number: ML3187 .D37 2004
ISBN: 0826414362
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
People Get Ready : A New History of Gospel Music is a passionate, celebratory, and carefully researched chronology of one of America's greatest treasures. From Africa through the spirituals, from minstrel music through jubilee, and from traditional to contemporary gospel, People Get Ready shows the links between styles, social patterns, and artists. The emphasis is on the stories behind the songs and musicians: the stories that helped to create the incomparable art form. From the nameless slaves of Colonial America to Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin, People Get Ready provides, for the first time, an accessible overview of this musical genre. Jackson, the book offers intriguing new insights into the often forgotten era between the Civil War and the rise of jubilee - that most intriguing blend of minstrel music, barbershop harmonies, and the spiritual. Also chronicled are the connections between some of gospel's precursors (Blind Willie Johnson, Arizona Dranes and Sister Rosetta Tharpe) and modern gospel stars, including Andrae Crouch and Clare Ward. Robert Darden knits together a number of narratives, and combines history, musicology and spirituality into a coherent whole, stitched together by the stories of dozens of famous and forgotten musical geniuses.

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Protestant Church Music: a history - Fredrich Blume; Paul H. Lang (Foreword by)
Call Number: ML3100 .B5913
ISBN: 9780575019966
Publication Date: 1975-04-01
The period of the Reformation / F. Blume ; rev. by L. Finscher --
The age of Confessionalism. The period of the Counter-Reformation ; The period of orthodoxy and mysticism ; The era of pietism and rationalism / F. Blume --
Decline and restoration / G. Feder --
Renewal and rejuvenation / A. Adrio --
Church music in Reformed Europe. Switzerland and France ; Germany and Switzerland ; The Netherlands ; More recent music in the Reformed church / W. Blankenburg --
The music of the Bohemian Brethren / W. Blankenburg --
Protestant church music in Scandinavia / T. Schousboe --
Protestant music in America / R. Stevenson --
Church music in England from the Reformation to the present day / W. Shaw --

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Singing in Style : a guide to vocal performance practices - Martha Elliott
Call Number: MT892 .E45 2006
ISBN: 0300109326
Publication Date: 2006-01-10
The first historical overview of vocal performance practice and style ever published, Singing In Style provides an introduction to how such issues as ornamentation, vibrato, rubato, portamento, articulation, tempo, language, and accompaniment with period instruments have been handled since the seventeenth century. Each chapter presents a historical period and gives background information on the singers and composers, the vocal repertoire, and the stylistic conventions of that time. Specific repertoire examples are discussed as well, to show how to use the music itself as a context for making stylistic choices. Each chapter also has an extensive reference list arranged by topic, so the interested reader can pursue a particular subject in more depth.Covering the Baroque period to the present, Elliott casts a wide net, bringing together information from historical treatises, personal accounts from composers, performers, historians, critics, and current scholarly commentary into one convenient handbook for the student and the amateur and professional performer who want to learn more about how vocal works were sung in their day.

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Sourcebook for Research in Music - Phillip D. Crabtree; Donald H. Foster; Allen Scott (Revised by)
Call Number: ML113 .C68 2005
ISBN: 0253346118
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
The Sourcebook for Research in Music, in this revised and greatly expanded second edition, is an invaluable guide to the researcher in navigating the vast proliferation of materials in music research. The editors emphasize English-language and recent sources, and also include essential materials in other languages. An opening chapter of introductory materials, including a list of common bibliographical terms with definitions, German and French bibliographical terms, and the plan of the Library of Congress and the Dewey Decimal music classification systems, is followed by seven bibliographical chapters, covering lists of sources as well as collective annotations that introduce and identify specific items. A reference tool containing varied information relating to research in music, the Sourcebook will serve as a classroom text and as a resource for individual music researchers, librarians, faculty members, students, performing and teaching musicians, and musical amateurs. Phillip D. Crabtree and Donald H. Foster are both retired from the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. D. University.

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Southern Music - American Music - Bill C. Malone
Call Number: ML3551 .M27
ISBN: 0813103002
Publication Date: 1979-11-01
Introduction --
Folk origins of southern music --
National discovery --
Early commercialization: ragtime, blues, jazz --
Expanding markets: hillbully, Cajun, gospel --
The Great Depression and new technologies --
The nationalization of southern music --
The sixties and seventies: rock, gospel, soul --
The national resurgence of country music --

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Story Behind the Protest Song a reference guide to the 50 songs that changed the 20th century - Hardeep Phull
Call Number: ML3551.5 .P58 2008
ISBN: 9780313341410
Publication Date: 2008-10-30
Protest songs are united by the fact they all have something to say, something to dispute, or something to rile against, whether it be political, social, or personal. Story Behind the Protest Song features 50 of the most influential musical protests and statements recorded to date, providing pop-culture viewpoints on some of the most tumultuous times in modern history. Among the featured: songs about the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the most recent upheaval over policy in the Middle East, as well as teenage rebellion, animal rights, criticisms of mass media, and even protest songs that lambaste other protest songs.

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Supremely American: popular song in the 20th century : styles and singers and what they said about America - Nicholas E. Tawa
Call Number: ML3477 .T39 2005
ISBN: 0810852950
Publication Date: 2005-01-28
This is a study of the way in which popular words and music relate to American life. The question of what popular song was, and why it came into existence, as well as how each song fit within the context of the larger 20th Century society are considered and explained clearly and fruitfully. Songs of the Jazz Age and Swing Era are considered primarily in terms of song-types and their relation to the times. Post World War II songs are shown to have splintered into a multitude of different styles and variations within each style. Many 20th Century songs came to be closely identified with particular singers and performance groups, shifting the attention to the styles identified with particular performers and the audiences they reached. Tawa avoids overly-technical vocabulary, making this examination of hundreds of popular songs accessible to a wide variety of readers seeking to better their understanding of the often perplexing musical landscape of the time.

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The Billboard Guide to Contemporary Christian Music - Barry Alfonso
Call Number: ML3187.5 .A44 2002
ISBN: 0823077187
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
Sales of Christian music have skyrocketed. More and more Christian artists have crossed over into mainstream markets, and the media has taken notice- Entertainment Weekly; News-week, and The Wall Street Journal have all devoted in-depth features to the Christian music phenomenon The Billboard Guide to Contemporary Christian Music chronicles the amazing rise of this genre from its gospel roots to today's diverse musical sound, which includes rock, punk, heavy metal, pop, R&B, ska, swing, country, and Latin music. It offers a complete capsule encyclopaedia of Contemporary Christian artists as well as an introduction to the music form, discussing its roots and cultural impact, and includes interviews with influential artists and an Appendix of key sources and contacts.

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The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music - Allan Moore (Editor); Jonathan Cross (Contribution by)
Call Number: ML3521 .C36 2002
ISBN: 0521806356
Publication Date: 2003-03-13
From Robert Johnson to Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson to John Lee Hooker, blues and gospel artists figure heavily in the mythology of twentieth-century culture. The styles in which they sang have proved hugely influential to generations of popular singers, from the wholesale adoptions of singers like Robert Cray or James Brown, to the subtler vocal appropriations of Mariah Carey. Their own music, and how it operates, is not, however, always seen as valid in its own right. This book provides an overview of both these genres, which worked together to provide an expression of twentieth-century black US experience. Their histories are unfolded and questioned; representative songs and lyrical imagery are analysed; perspectives are offered from the standpoint of the voice, the guitar, the piano, and also that of the working musician. The book concludes with a discussion of the impact the genres have had on mainstream musical culture.

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The Cambridge Companion to Singing - John Potter (Editor); Jonathan Cross (Contribution by)
Call Number: ML1460 .C28 2000
ISBN: 0521622255
Publication Date: 2000-04-13
Ranging from medieval music to Madonna and beyond, this book covers in detail the many aspects of the voice. The volume is divided into four broad areas. Popular Traditions begins with an overview of singing traditions in world music and continues with aspects of rock, rap and jazz. The Voice in the Theatre includes both opera singing from the beginnings to the present day and twentieth-century stage and screen entertainers. Choral Music and Song features a history of the art song, essential hints on singing in a larger choir, the English cathedral tradition and a history of the choral movement in the United States. The final substantial section on performance practices ranges from the voice in the Middle Ages and the interpretation of early singing treatises to contemporary vocal techniques, ensemble singing, the teaching of singing, children's choirs, and a comprehensive exposition of vocal acoustics.

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The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music - Nicholas Cook (Editor); Anthony Pople (Editor)
Call Number: ML197 .C26 2004
ISBN: 0521662567
Publication Date: 2004-08-05
The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music, first published in 2004, is an appraisal of the development of music in the twentieth century from the vantage-point of the twenty-first. This wide-ranging and eclectic book traces the progressive fragmentation of the European 'art' tradition, and its relocation as one tradition among many at the century's end. While the focus is on Western traditions, both 'art' and popular, these are situated within the context of world music, including a case study of the interaction of 'art' and traditional musics in post-colonial Africa. An international authorship brings a wide variety of approaches to music history, but the aim throughout is to set musical developments in the context of social, ideological, and technological change, and to understand reception and consumption as integral to the history of music.

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The Guitar: the history, the music, the players - Allan Kozinn; Pete Welding; Dan Forte
Call Number: ML1015 .G9 G845 1984
ISBN: 0688019730
Publication Date: 1984-06-01
The classical guitar / by Allan Kozinn --
The birth of the blues / by Pete Welding --
Jazz : guitar like a horn / by Pete Welding --
Country pickin' / by Dan Forte --
Rock : kick out the jams / by Gene Santoro.

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The History of American Classical Music: MacDowell through minimalism - John Struble
Call Number: ML200 .S95 1995
ISBN: 081602927X
Publication Date: 1994-12-01
"American classical music has come a long way in a short time. From the European-style music that was the norm at the end of the 19th century, a body of music has evolved that at the end of the 20th can be termed authentically and distinctively "American." The History of American Classical Music takes an in-depth, panoramic look at this amazing variety of music, how it developed and the often fascinating people who composed it." "While the emphasis is on the 20th century, author John Warthen Struble goes back to colonial times to examine all the early influences: the hymns of the "First New England School"; the genteel musical traditions of the East Coast cities during the 18th and 19th centuries, the folk music of Appalachia and the Mississippi Valley imported by Scottish and Irish settlers; the indigenous music of the North American Indians; the African music brought over and adapted by slaves; the balladry, beginning in the 1820s and continuing even today; and the Creole and Gulf Coast music, an amalgam of French, Spanish, African, Cuban, Haitian and American influences." "By the 1920s American classical music had reached its most active stage to date. Many conductors and musicians were willing to play it, enough dedicated patrons and promoters were willing to present it and a brilliant group of American composers existed who "spoke a language that the public was, on the whole, willing and able to hear," a group that included the likes of Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Roy Harris and George Gershwin." "As university music departments expanded in the 1920s and 30s, Americans like Howard Hanson, Roger Sessions and Walter Piston became influential teachers along with many European composers who had fled the Nazis. An entire generation of composers were taught and influenced by these academics, and many of these new composers produced music that, at worst, antagonized audiences who found it difficult to understand." "The author lays the groundwork for the emergence in the 1960s of the works of John Cage and aleatoric, or "chance," music and of other members of a new American avant-garde. And finally, in a return to tonality and a retreat from radical experimentation, came the music of George Rochberg, David Del Tredici, John Corigliano, William Bolcom, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and John Harbison as well as the "minimalism" of La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams. Within a century of its real beginnings, America may finally be exporting as much or more influence in this art form than it is absorbing from abroad." "This exciting look at a fascinating corner of musical history is accompanied by more than 50 illustrations of its diverse cast of characters, a chronology of the American musical scene from 1562 to the present, a list of composers by geographical origin, a compilation by composer of the fundamental American music repertoire and an extensive bibliography."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The history of music. - Cecil Gray
Call Number: ML160 .G82 H5
Publication Date: 1968
Gregorian chant --
Harmony and polyphony of the early middle ages --
The music of the minstrels and troubadours --
The Flemish polyphonic schools --
The polyphonic church music of the sixteenth century --
The Venetian and other Italian schools of the sixteenth century --
The English polyphonic school --
The music of the Italian renaissance --
Italian schools of the seventeenth century --
Northern schools of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries --
The music of the eighteenth century --
The Viennese school --
Italian and German schools of the nineteenth century --
The French school of the nineteenth century --
Miscellaneous schools of the nineteenth century --
The Russian school --
An outline of musical esthetic.

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The Music of Black Americans : a history - Eileen Southern
Call Number: ML3556 .S74 1983
ISBN: 0393952797
Publication Date: 1983-09-01
Friends and family who provide care at home are an important part of the health care team, and they are most effective when given proper guidance from health care professionals. Shorter hospital stays and greater reliance on outpatient care for persons with cancer are shifting a significant part of medical care into the hands of family members and friends. To carry out these responsibilities, family caregivers need information and guidance from health professionals. More important, they need encouragement to become active problem solvers rather than passively seeking all the solutions from medical professionals. Written for a broad audience, this easy-to-use workbook was designed for home caregivers, patients, support groups, and education programs; it features easy-to-read type and an index for quick reference. The authors include oncology nurses, social workers, psychologists, physicians, family caregivers, and persons with cancer. Home Care Guide for Cancer offers advice on twenty common cancer caregiving problems, including: - How to succeed at caregiving - Fever and infections - Tiredness and fatigue - Appetite - Problems with the mouth - Nausea and vomiting - Diarrhea - Constipation Cancer pain - VeinsĀ - Bleeding - Skin problems - Maintaining positive experiences - Getting companionship and support from family and friends - Getting information from medical staff - Getting help from community agencies and support groups - Moving around the house - Coordinating care from one treatment setting to another - Coping with anxiety - Coping with depression. "A valuable resource for any cancer caregiver involved with home care... The mundane (fatigue, constipation), the scary (fever, sexual problems, bleeding), and the technical (vein and mouth problems) are covered with practicality and aplomb. All chapters direct the acquisition of skills that lead to successful coping... This [is a] concise, jargon-proofed, user-friendly volume."- Journal of the American Medical Association

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The Oxford History of Western Music - Richard Taruskin
Call Number: ML160 .T18 2005 v.1- v.6
ISBN: 0195169794
Publication Date: 2005-01-06
The Oxford History of Western Music is a magisterial survey of the traditions of Western music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of our time. This text illuminates, through a representative sampling of masterworks, those themes, styles, and currents that give shape and direction to each musical age. Taking a critical perspective, this text sets the details of music, the chronological sweep of figures, works, and musical ideas, within the larger context of world affairs and cultural history. Written by an authoritative, opinionated, and controversial figure in musicology, The Oxford History of Western Music provides a critical aesthetic position with respect to individual works, a context in which each composition may be evaluated and remembered. Taruskin combines an emphasis on structure and form with a discussion of relevant theoretical concepts in each age, to illustrate how the music itself works, and how contemporaries heard and understood it. It also describes how the context of each stylistic period--key cultural, historical, social, economic, and scientific events--influenced and directed compositional choices.

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The Power of Black Music interpreting its history from Africa to the United States - Samuel A. Floyd
Call Number: ML3556 .F65 1995
ISBN: 0195082354
Publication Date: 1995-07-27
When Jimi Hendrix transfixed the crowds of Woodstock with his gripping version of "The Star Spangled Banner," he was building on a foundation reaching back, in part, to the revolutionary guitar playing of Howlin' Wolf and the other great Chicago bluesmen, and to the Delta blues traditionbefore him. But in its unforgettable introduction, followed by his unaccompanied "talking" guitar passage and inserted calls and responses at key points in the musical narrative, Hendrix's performance of the national anthem also hearkened back to a tradition even older than the blues, a traditionrooted in the rings of dance, drum, and song shared by peoples across Africa. Bold and original, The Power of Black Music offers a new way of listening to the music of black America, and appreciating its profound contribution to all American music. Striving to break down the barriers that remain between high art and low art, it brilliantly illuminates the centuries-oldlinkage between the music, myths and rituals of Africa and the continuing evolution and enduring vitality of African-American music. Inspired by the pioneering work of Sterling Stuckey and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author Samuel A. Floyd, Jr, advocates a new critical approach grounded in the forms andtraditions of the music itself. He accompanies readers on a fascinating journey from the African ring, through the ring shout's powerful merging of music and dance in the slave culture, to the funeral parade practices of the early new Orleans jazzmen, the bluesmen in the twenties, the beboppers inthe forties, and the free jazz, rock, Motown, and concert hall composers of the sixties and beyond. Floyd dismisses the assumption that Africans brought to the United States as slaves took the music of whites in the New World and transformed it through their own performance practices. Instead, herecognizes European influences, while demonstrating how much black music has continued to share with its African counterparts. Floyd maintains that while African Americans may not have direct knowledge of African traditions and myths, they can intuitively recognize links to an authentic Africancultural memory. For example, in speaking of his grandfather Omar, who died a slave as a young man, the jazz clarinetist Sidney Bechet said, "Inside him he'd got the memory of all the wrong that's been done to my people. That's what the memory is....When a blues is good, that kind of memory justgrows up inside it." Grounding his scholarship and meticulous research in his childhood memories of black folk culture and his own experiences as a musician and listener, Floyd maintains that the memory of Omar and all those who came before and after him remains a driving force in the black music of America, a forcewith the power to enrich cultures the world over.

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Turning Points in Rock and Roll: the key events that affected popular music in the latter half of the 20th century - Hank Bordowitz
Call Number: ML3534 .B665 2004
ISBN: 0806526319
Publication Date: 2004-08-01
From the debuts of the great guitar players (Robert Johnson and Chuck Berry) to the historic festivals (Altamont and Live Aid) Bordowitz captures the excitement of five decades of Rock and Roll history. This book explores it all, from those early seemingly innocent songs like Rock Around the Clock' to the outright raunchy 'Soft and Wet' and from the birth of the term 'Rock and Roll' in 1954 on the Alan Freed Show to the first fusion of rock with rap on Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way'. These are the moments that made music possible, and that changed music forever.'

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Twentieth-Century Views of Music History - William Hays
Call Number: ML55 .H29
ISBN: 0684127091
Publication Date: 1972-01-01
Introduction / Richard F. French --
Historians and the periods / Jack Allan Westrup --
Gregorian chant / R.G. Weakland --
Troping hypothesis / Richard L. Crocker --
Gothic period / Hugo Leichtentritt --
Secular monophony / Albert Seay --
Birth of polyphony / Romain Goldron --
Renaissance : the historical conception of an epoch / Leo Schrade --
Origins of the cyclic Mass / Manfred F. Bukofzer --
Mannerism : 1520-1600 / Beekman Cannon, Alvin Johnson, and William Waite --
Musical form of the madrigal / Edward J. Dent --
Beginning of Baroque in music / Egon Wellesz ; trans. by Patricia Kean --
Oratorio / Donald F. Tovey --
Musical thought of the Baroque : the doctrine of temperaments and affections / Paul Henry Lang --
Rise of tonality / Manfred F. Bukofzer --
Origins of the Baroque concerto / Arthur Hutchings --
Outlines of a new picture of Bach / Friedrich Blume ; trans. by Stanley Godman --
Classicism, Romanticism, and music / Hans Tischler --
Music and society in the age of the Enlightenment / Hugh Ottaway --
Italian opera in the eighteenth century, and its influence on the music of the Classical period / Edward J. Dent --
Sonata-principle / Philip T. Barford --
Age of Goethe and Beethoven / Wilfrid Dunwell --
Romantic principles / John Culshaw --
Symphony in the 19th century/ Paul Henry Lang --
After Wagner : what is art? / Jacques Barzun --
Post-Romanticism : Impressionism and Expressionism / Adolfo Salazar ; trans. by Isabel Pope --
Why and how of our new music / Kurt Stone --
Some aspects of twelve-tone composition / Milton Babbitt --
What electronic music is and how it is made / Ernst Krenek ; trans. by Margaret Shenfield and Geoffrey Skelton --
Electronic music : synthesizers and computers / Gerald Warfield --
Significance of aleatoricism in twentieth-century music / Anthony Cross --
Shop talk by an American composer / Elliott Carter --
Jazz as folk and art music / Sidney Finkelstein --
Points about rock / Arnold Shaw --
Revolution in music / Eric Salzman.

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Will the Circle Be Unbroken: country music in America - Paul Kingsbury; Alanna Nash
Call Number: ML3524 .W53 2006
ISBN: 0756623529
Publication Date: 2006-09-04
Charting the history of country music from its folk beginnings to the billion-dollar business it is today, this comprehensive guide will delight fans, collectors, and those just discovering America's music. Foreword by Willie Nelson. Essays by Roseanne Cash and Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others. Published in cooperation with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. (Country Music)

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Woodstock - Peace, Music and Memories: 40th anniversary - Brad Littleproud; Joanne Hague
Call Number: ML38 .B43 W64 2009
ISBN: 9780896898332
Publication Date: 2009-07-03
Three days that changed a generation "Woodstock - Peace, Music & Memories" tells a story of what Time magazine called "the greatest peaceful event in history." Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this generation-defining moment through the words and pictures of some of the 500,000 people who were at Max Yasgur's farm in 1969. Capturing the spirit of the times with its earthly look and mix of 350 color and black and white photos, "Woodstock - Peace, Music & Memories" features: Foreword by festival co-creator and promoter Artie KornfeldCommentary by longtime peace activist and Woodstock insider Wavy GravyPersonal recollections and never-before-seen pictures by the people who were thereSpecial section on Woodstock memorabilia with current values


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