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Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song - A Texas Chronicle (Paperback): William A. Owens Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song - A Texas Chronicle (Paperback)
William A. Owens
R726 R611 Discovery Miles 6 110 Save R115 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Texas, the 1930s-the years of the Great Depression. It was the Texas of great men: Dobie, Bedichek, Webb, the young Americo Paredes. And it was the Texas of May McCord and "Cocky" Thompson, the Reverend I. B. Loud, the Cajun Marcelle Comeaux, the black man they called "Grey Ghost," and all the other extraordinary "ordinary" people whom William A. Owens met in his travels. "Up and down and sideways" across Texas, Owens traveled. His goal: to learn for himself what the diverse peoples of the state "believed in, yearned for, laughed at, fought over, as revealed in story and song." Tell me a story, sing me a song brings together both the songs he gathered-many accompanied by music-and Owens' warm reminiscences of his travels in the Texas of the Thirties and early Forties.

Alfred's Easy Piano Songs -- Movie Hits - 50 Songs and Themes (Paperback): Alfred Music Alfred's Easy Piano Songs -- Movie Hits - 50 Songs and Themes (Paperback)
Alfred Music
R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Folk-Songs for Choirs 1 (Sheet music, Vocal score): John Rutter Folk-Songs for Choirs 1 (Sheet music, Vocal score)
John Rutter
R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Includes twelve arrangements for unaccompanied SATB of folk-songs from the British Isles and North America.

Bob Dylan - How the Songs Work (Paperback): Timothy Hampton Bob Dylan - How the Songs Work (Paperback)
Timothy Hampton
R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A career-spanning account of the artistry and politics of Bob Dylan's songwriting Bob Dylan's reception of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature has elevated him beyond the world of popular music, establishing him as a major modern artist. However, until now, no study of his career has focused on the details and nuances of the songs, showing how they work as artistic statements designed to create meaning and elicit emotion. Bob Dylan: How the Songs Work (originally published as Bob Dylan's Poetics) is the first comprehensive book on both the poetics and politics of Dylan's compositions. It studies Dylan, not as a pop hero, but as an artist, as a maker of songs. Focusing on the interplay of music and lyric, it traces Dylan's innovative use of musical form, his complex manipulation of poetic diction, and his dialogues with other artists, from Woody Guthrie to Arthur Rimbaud. Moving from Dylan's earliest experiments with the blues, through his mastery of rock and country, up to his densely allusive recent recordings, Timothy Hampton offers a detailed account of Dylan's achievement. Locating Dylan in the long history of artistic modernism, the book studies the relationship between form, genre, and the political and social themes that crisscross Dylan's work. Bob Dylan: How the Songs Work offers both a nuanced engagement with the work of a major artist and a meditation on the contribution of song at times of political and social change.

Beautiful Affair - A Journey in Music, Food and Friendship (Hardcover): Mike Hanrahan Beautiful Affair - A Journey in Music, Food and Friendship (Hardcover)
Mike Hanrahan 1
R604 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R144 (24%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

From the early days of his music with Stockton's Wing to training at Ballymaloe Cookery School, food and music have been parallel lines that have kept Mike Hanrahan on track his entire life. Mike Hanrahan, cook and teacher, songwriter and musician, takes us back stage and into the kitchens of a bohemian, international and surprisingly foodie group of Irish household names, including Ronnie Drew, Finbar Furey, Maura O'Connell, Leslie Dowdall, Pat Shortt, Eleanor Shanley and Sharon Shannon. Mike penned hit singles 'Beautiful Affair' and 'Walk Away' for Stockton's Wing, from which a world of touring and behind-the-scenes escapades began. With affectionate portraits of the legendary personalities he came to know along the way, Beautiful Affair rings with the sheer graft, dedication and serious sense of humour of a life well spent on stage - and in the kitchen. Mike's time training with Ballymaloe's Darina Allen would see his hobby become a second career. Here, he shares favourite recipes from home, friends and professional kitchens across the country - from family recipes cooked on country hearths to vegetarian folk-club grub and tour-bus pressure-cooker stews. Beautiful Affair tells tales of the Irish music scene from the 1970s through to today, and wends its way through a lifelong love affair with Irish food. 'This is much more than my story. In Beautiful Affair I introduce you to my friends - who share memories, recipes and quite a few amusing anecdotes that add so much sparkle to my life.' - Mike Hanrahan

Joni - The Anthology (Paperback): Barney Hoskyns Joni - The Anthology (Paperback)
Barney Hoskyns; Introduction by Barney Hoskyns; Barney Hoskyns
R347 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R50 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Hundred Carols for Choirs (Paperback, Paperback): David Willcocks, John Rutter Hundred Carols for Choirs (Paperback, Paperback)
David Willcocks, John Rutter
R560 Discovery Miles 5 600 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is a selection of the best-loved carols and hymns for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and Easter: 74 of the most popular titles from Carols for Choirs 1, 2 and 3, plus 26 titles new to the series. There are carols suitable for both sacred and secular occasions, and both accompanied and unaccompanied material. The Order of Service for a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is included.

Shades of Springsteen - Politics, Love, Sports, and Masculinity (Paperback): John Massaro Shades of Springsteen - Politics, Love, Sports, and Masculinity (Paperback)
John Massaro
R501 R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Save R79 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Colm O Caodhain - An Irish Singer and His World (English, Irish, Hardcover): Rionach Ui Ogain Colm O Caodhain - An Irish Singer and His World (English, Irish, Hardcover)
Rionach Ui Ogain
R893 R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Save R109 (12%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

One of the most sought after aspects of Irish vernacular culture is traditional song. Access to earlier recordings is a way to ensure the best understanding and appreciation of earlier singers, styles and repertoires. Within Ireland this is often primarily associated with the Irish Folklore Commission and Radio Eireann. Such material was not only sought by these bodies but international recognition came about through bodies such as the BBC and individual collectors such as Alan Lomax. Such material was sought by these organisations and international recognition also came about through bodies such as the BBC. For the first time ever, a dedicated presentation of the renowned Conamara singer Colm O Caodhain is on offer encapsulating that apex of ethnographic fieldwork in Ireland. The book includes 33 audio tracks. It places Colm in the context of life in Conamara during his lifetime as a farmer and a fisherman for whom song, lore and music were the fabric of his everyday life. Colm's autobiography as collected through Seamus Ennis is available here in the original Irish with an accompanying translation. The importance of making archival material accessible is one of the primary concerns of the author as former Director of the National Folklore Collection and this publication contributes greatly to the pursuit of these aims.

Saved by a Song - The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting (Hardcover): Mary Gauthier Saved by a Song - The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting (Hardcover)
Mary Gauthier
R562 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R104 (19%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Mary Gauthier was twelve years old when she was given her Aunt Jenny's old guitar and taught herself to play with a Mel Bay basic guitar workbook. and music offered her a window to a world where others felt the way she did. Songs became lifelines to her, and she longed to write her own, one day. Then, for a decade, while struggling with addiction, Gauthier put her dream away and her call to songwriting faded. It wasn't until she got sober and went to an open mic with a friend did she realise that she not only still wanted to write songs, she needed to. Today, Gauthier is a decorated musical artist, with numerous awards and recognition for her songwriting, including a Grammy nomination. In Saved by a Song, Mary Gauthier pulls the curtain back on the artistry of songwriting. Part memoir, part philosophy of art, part nuts and bolts of songwriting, her book celebrates the redemptive power of song to inspire and bring seemingly different kinds of people together.

Willie Nelson's Letters to America (Standard format, CD): Willie Nelson Willie Nelson's Letters to America (Standard format, CD)
Willie Nelson; Read by Turk Pipkin; As told to Turk Pipkin
R692 R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Save R180 (26%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Willie Nelson's Letters to America (MP3 format, CD): Willie Nelson Willie Nelson's Letters to America (MP3 format, CD)
Willie Nelson; Read by Turk Pipkin; As told to Turk Pipkin
R513 R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Save R124 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Rememberings (Standard format, CD): Sinead O' Connor Rememberings (Standard format, CD)
Sinead O' Connor; Read by Sinead O' Connor
R650 R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Save R164 (25%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Carols for Choirs 3 (Sheet music, Vocal score): David Willcocks, John Rutter Carols for Choirs 3 (Sheet music, Vocal score)
David Willcocks, John Rutter
R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A third collection of 50 carols, mostly for SATB, some unaccompanied, and some having accompaniments for piano or organ or orchestra. The carols reflect a diversity of styles and periods, while remaining within the capacity of an average group of amateur performers. Includes compositions and arrangements by Britten, Holst, Howells, Hurford, Vaughan Williams, and Walton.
Orchestral and brass accompaniments for many of the items are available on hire.

Sonic Ethnography - Identity, Heritage and Creative Research Practice in Basilicata, Southern Italy (Paperback): Lorenzo... Sonic Ethnography - Identity, Heritage and Creative Research Practice in Basilicata, Southern Italy (Paperback)
Lorenzo Ferrarini, Nicola Scaldaferri
R665 Discovery Miles 6 650 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Sonic ethnography makes a compelling argument for taking sound seriously as a crucial component of social life and as an ethnographic form of representation. This volume explores the role of sound-making and listening practices in the formation of local identities in the southern Italian region of Basilicata. With an approach that cuts across sensory anthropology, sound studies and ethnomusicology, Sonic ethnography demonstrates how acoustic tradition is made and disrupted and acoustic communities are brought together in shared temporality and space. Based extensive research, this volume provides an innovative take on soundful cultural performances such as tree rituals, carnivals, pilgrimages and more informal musical performances, with particular attention to the interactions between classic ethnographic scholarship from the past century and the local politics of heritage. Featuring stunning colour photographs and more than an hour of sound recordings, Sonic ethnography uses a unique combination of media to investigate distinctive ways of knowing, beyond more traditional ethnographic forms of representation. Two methodological chapters, respectively on music-making as creative research practice and on photo-ethnography, make the book an essential contribution for those interested in the production of sounds and still images as relational and interactive approaches to fieldwork. The pioneering anthropologist of sound, Steven Feld, collaborated to some of the research and contributed to the book an afterword and a soundscape composition. -- .

Alfred's Easy Guitar Songs -- Movie Hits - 50 Songs and Themes (Paperback): Alfred Music Alfred's Easy Guitar Songs -- Movie Hits - 50 Songs and Themes (Paperback)
Alfred Music
R432 Discovery Miles 4 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Hear My Sad Story - The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs... Hear My Sad Story - The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs (Hardcover)
Richard Polenberg
R499 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R84 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 2015, Bob Dylan said, "I learned lyrics and how to write them from listening to folk songs. And I played them, and I met other people that played them, back when nobody was doing it. Sang nothing but these folk songs, and they gave me the code for everything that's fair game, that everything belongs to everyone." In Hear My Sad Story, Richard Polenberg describes the historical events that led to the writing of many famous American folk songs that served as touchstones for generations of American musicians, lyricists, and folklorists. Those events, which took place from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, often involved tragic occurrences: murders, sometimes resulting from love affairs gone wrong; desperate acts borne out of poverty and unbearable working conditions; and calamities such as railroad crashes, shipwrecks, and natural disasters. All of Polenberg's account of the songs in the book are grounded in historical fact and illuminate the social history of the times. Reading these tales of sorrow, misfortune, and regret puts us in touch with the dark but terribly familiar side of American history. On Christmas 1895 in St. Louis, an African American man named Lee Shelton, whose nickname was "Stack Lee," shot and killed William Lyons in a dispute over seventy-five cents and a hat. Shelton was sent to prison until 1911, committed another murder upon his release, and died in a prison hospital in 1912. Even during his lifetime, songs were being written about Shelton, and eventually 450 versions of his story would be recorded. As the song-you may know Shelton as Stagolee or Stagger Lee-was shared and adapted, the emotions of the time were preserved, but the fact that the songs described real people, real lives, often fell by the wayside. Polenberg returns us to the men and women who, in song, became legends. The lyrics serve as valuable historical sources, providing important information about what had happened, why, and what it all meant. More important, they reflect the character of American life and the pathos elicited by the musical memory of these common and troubled lives.

Ritual, Rapture and Remorse - A Study of Tarantism and "Pizzica" in Salento (Paperback, New edition): Jerri Daboo Ritual, Rapture and Remorse - A Study of Tarantism and "Pizzica" in Salento (Paperback, New edition)
Jerri Daboo
R1,122 Discovery Miles 11 220 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This book was awarded a Special Mention Citation in the 2010 competition for the 'de la Torre Bueno Prize' by The Society of Dance History Scholars. In the region of Salento in Southern Italy, the music and dance of the pizzica has been used in the ritual of tarantism for many centuries as a means to cure someone bitten by the taranta spider. This book, a historical and ethnographic study of tarantism and pizzica, draws upon seven hundred years of writings about the ritual contributed by medical practitioners, scientists, travel writers and others. It also investigates the contemporary revival of interest in pizzica music and dance as part of the 'neo-tarantism' movement, where pizzica and the history of tarantism form a complex web of place, culture and identity for Salentines today. This is one of the first books in English to explore this fascinating ritual practice and its contemporary resurgence. It uses an interdisciplinary framework based in performance studies to ask wider questions about the experience of the body in performance, and the potential of music and dance to create a sense of personal and collective transformation and efficacy.

Alfred's Easy Piano Songs -- Standards & Jazz - 50 Classics from the Great American Songbook (Paperback): Alfred Music Alfred's Easy Piano Songs -- Standards & Jazz - 50 Classics from the Great American Songbook (Paperback)
Alfred Music
R433 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R57 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Professional Pianist -- Solos for Weddings - 50 Advanced Arrangements (Paperback): Dan Coates The Professional Pianist -- Solos for Weddings - 50 Advanced Arrangements (Paperback)
Dan Coates
R537 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R79 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Hispanic Folk Songs of New Mexico - With Selected Songs Collected, Transcribed, and Arranged for Voice with Piano or Guitar... Hispanic Folk Songs of New Mexico - With Selected Songs Collected, Transcribed, and Arranged for Voice with Piano or Guitar Accompaniment (Spiral bound, Revised edition)
John Donald Robb
R587 R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Save R102 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

First published in 1954 when Robb was Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, "Hispanic Folk Songs of New Mexico" has been revised to feature arrangements for voice and piano with the addition of chord symbols for guitar. Contributors to the revision are James Bratcher, Marilyn Fletcher, UNM Professor Emeritus, Tomas Ruiz-Fabrega, Ph.D., and Robert Tillotson, Ph.D.

Robb's discussion falls into three major divisions: a general examination of the Hispanic folk song in New Mexico (types, origins, and literary and musical characteristics), of specific folk songs, and, finally, the songs presented in both Spanish and English.

Aimed at general folk music enthusiasts and educators for use in the classroom, yet avoiding being overly technical, Robb conveys basic principles and imparts his contagious enthusiasm for the flavor of New Mexico's folk songs.

Folk Songs for Banjo - 40 Traditional American Folk Songs Arranged for Clawhammer Banjo (Book): Michael Miles Folk Songs for Banjo - 40 Traditional American Folk Songs Arranged for Clawhammer Banjo (Book)
Michael Miles
R318 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R48 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

(Banjo). 40 traditional American folk songs arranged for clawhammer banjo, including: Amazing Grace * Arkansas Traveler * Beautiful Brown Eyes * The Blue Tail Fly (Jimmy Crack Corn) * Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight?) * (I Wish I Was In) Dixie * Down in the Valley * Give Me That Old Time Religion * Good Night Ladies * Home on the Range * Home Sweet Home * I've Been Working on the Railroad * In the Good Old Summertime * John Henry * Kumbaya * Man of Constant Sorrow * Michael Row the Boat Ashore * My Old Kentucky Home * Oh Susanna * Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) * The Red River Valley * She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain * Turkey in the Straw * The Wabash Cannon Ball * When Johnny Comes Marching Home * When the Saints Go Marching In * Worried Man Blues * Yankee Doodle * and more

The Traditional and National Music of Scotland (Hardcover): Francis Collinson The Traditional and National Music of Scotland (Hardcover)
Francis Collinson
R2,317 Discovery Miles 23 170 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Originally published in 1966, this was the first book on this subject to be published for over a hundred years. It covers all facets including little-known types of Gaelic song, the bagpipes and their music, including the esoteric subject of pibroch, the Ceol Mor or 'Great Music' of the pipes. It gives a comprehensive review of the fiddle composers and their music, and of the Clarsach and its revival, with an example of all-but-extinct Scottish harp music. A chapter is devoted to the music of Orkney and Shetland and the book contains over 100 examples of music many of which were from the author's own collection and published here for the first time.

Which Side Are You On? - 20th Century American History in 100 Protest Songs (Paperback): James Sullivan Which Side Are You On? - 20th Century American History in 100 Protest Songs (Paperback)
James Sullivan
R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

When he emerged from the nightclubs of Greenwich Village, Bob Dylan was often identified as a "protest" singer. As early as 1962, however, Dylan was already protesting the label: "I don't write no protest songs," he told his audience on the night he debuted "Blowin' in the Wind." "Protest" music is largely perceived as an unsubtle art form, a topical brand of songwriting that preaches to the converted. But popular music of all types has long given listeners food for thought. Fifty years before Vietnam, before the United States entered World War I, some of the most popular sheet music in the country featured anti-war tunes. The labor movement of the early decades of the century was fueled by its communal "songbook." The Civil Rights movement was soundtracked not just by the gorgeous melodies of "Strange Fruit" and "A Change Is Gonna Come," but hundreds of other gospel-tinged ballads and blues. In Which Side Are You On?, author James Sullivan delivers a lively anecdotal history of the progressive movements that have shaped the growth of the United States, and the songs that have accompanied and defined them. Covering one hundred years of social conflict and progress across the twentieth century and into the early years of the twenty-first, this book reveals how protest songs have given voice to the needs and challenges of a nation and asked its citizens to take a stand-asking the question "Which side are you on?"

Bludie Harlaw - Realities, Myths, Ballads (Paperback, New in Paperback): Ian A. Olson Bludie Harlaw - Realities, Myths, Ballads (Paperback, New in Paperback)
Ian A. Olson
R259 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R19 (7%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

In the summer of 1411, the ageing Donald of Isla, Lord of the Isles, invaded mainland Scotland with a huge, battle-hardened army, only to be fought to a bloody standstill on the plateau of Harlaw, fifteen miles from Aberdeen, a town he had threatened to sack. One of the greatest battles in Scottish history, described by hardened mediaeval chroniclers as 'atrocious', 'Reid Harlaw' left some 3,000 dead and wounded. Dismissed by Scott as a 'Celt v. Saxon' power struggle, it has faded from historical memory, other than in the north-east of Scotland. Written records in Latin, Scots, Gaelic and English are presented in their original form, and with transcriptions and translations. Two major ballads are analysed, one contemporary, and one fabricated over 350 years later - which is still sung. Lowland views dominate, because of the loss and destruction of Highland records, notably those of the Lords of the Isles themselves. The histories themselves fall into two groups - those written at or around the time, and those composed some 300 years later.These later accounts form the basis of most modern descriptions of the battle, but they tend to be romantic and highly imaginative, creating noble order where chaos once existed.

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