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Dolly Parton's Star Continues To Rise | Music Reviews

Scholars Foster and Gussow Unpack Race and the Blues | Music Reviews

LJ Talks to Ricky Riccardi, Author of "Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong"

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Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years

This book offers a seductive blend of sometimes contradictory insights into Cohen but will be sought after only by his most devoted fans.
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Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton

A persuasive argument for taking Dolly Parton seriously as an artist. For folk and country music scholars, musicians, and fans.
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Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance

Of interest to those familiar with Shange’s written work, and generally to dancers and dance historians.
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A Sound Mind: How I Fell in Love with Classical Music (and Decided To Rewrite Its Entire History)

An excellent guide for anyone interested in expanding their musical horizons.
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Amplified: A Design History of the Electric Guitar

Acknowledging the significant role guitar historian Tony Bacon has played in this arena through his more popularly oriented publications, Atkinson’s more academic contribution to the literature is decidedly welcome. His rigorous scholarship and clear affection for the subject shine.
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Whose Blues? Facing Up to Race and the Future of the Music

Extremely knowledgeable but a bit overly academic, Gussow ably details the African American core of the blues and the shifting racial dynamics that have made the music so compelling to white Americans and blues fans in other cultures. Blues scholars will find the book illuminating.
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