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Talking 'Bout Your Mama - The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap (Paperback): Elijah Wald Talking 'Bout Your Mama - The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap (Paperback)
Elijah Wald
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From Two Live Crew's controversial comedy to Ice Cube's gangsta styling and the battle rhymes of a streetcorner cypher, rap has always drawn on deep traditions of African American poetic word-play, In Talking 'Bout Your Mama, author Elijah Wald explores one of the most potent sources of rap: the viciously funny, outrageously inventive insult game known as "the dozens."
So what is the dozens? At its simplest, it's a comic chain of "yo' mama" jokes. At its most complex, it's an intricate form of social interaction that reaches back to African ceremonial rituals. Wald traces the tradition of African American street rhyming and verbal combat that has ruled urban neighborhoods since the early 1900s. Whether considered vernacular poetry, aggressive dueling, a test of street cool, or just a mess of dirty insults, the dozens is a basic building block of African-American culture. A game which could inspire raucous laughter or escalate to violence, it provided a wellspring of rhymes, attitude, and raw humor that has influenced pop musicians from Jelly Roll Morton and Robert Johnson to Tupac Shakur and Jay Z.
Wald goes back to the dozens' roots, looking at mother-insulting and verbal combat from Greenland to the sources of the Niger, and shows its breadth of influence in the seminal writings of Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston; the comedy of Richard Pryor and George Carlin; the dark humor of the blues; the hip slang and competitive jamming of jazz; and in its ultimate evolution into the improvisatory battling of rap. From schoolyard games and rural work songs to urban novels and nightclub comedy, and pop hits from ragtime to rap, Wald uses the dozens as a lens to provide new insight into over a century of African American culture.
A groundbreaking work, Talking 'Bout Your Mama is an essential book for anyone interested in African American cultural studies, history and linguistics, and the origins of rap music.

Escaping the Delta - Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues (Paperback, Amistad Pbk ed.): Elijah Wald Escaping the Delta - Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues (Paperback, Amistad Pbk ed.)
Elijah Wald
R242 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R69 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The life of blues legend Robert Johnson becomes the centerpiece for this innovative look at what many consider to be America's deepest and most influential music genre. Pivotal are the questions surrounding why Johnson was ignored by the core black audience of his time yet now celebrated as the greatest figure in blues history.

Trying to separate myth from reality, biographer Elijah Wald studies the blues from the inside -- not only examining recordings but also the recollections of the musicians themselves, the African-American press, as well as examining original research. What emerges is a new appreciation for the blues and the movement of its artists from the shadows of the 1930s Mississippi Delta to the mainstream venues frequented by today's loyal blues fans.

Global Minstrels - Voices of World Music (Hardcover): Elijah Wald Global Minstrels - Voices of World Music (Hardcover)
Elijah Wald
R2,090 Discovery Miles 20 900 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Global Minstrels: The World of World Music" introduces today's leading performers from around the world. From urban nightclubbers dancing to salsa to suburbanites relaxing with Cuban and Brazilian melodies, to the host of pop and rock stars who have added international flavors to their music, "world" sounds have become part of the basic fabric of American life. At the same time, in every American city, immigrants have used musical gatherings as a way to bring their communities together. Including conversations with dozens of artists from five continents, "Global Minstrels" explores the breadth of the world music experience through the voices of the musicians themselves. In the process, it gives a unique view of the interactions of a globalizing society and introduces readers to some of the most fascinating and thoughtful artists working on the current scene.
Profiled artists include Ladysmith Black Mambazo; King Sunny Ade, The Mighty Sparrow, Reuben Blades, Los Tigres del Norte, Gilberto Gil, Dick Gaughan, Alan Stivell, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, The Gipsy Kings, Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, and many more.
Global Minstrels will strongly appeal to the world music audience, from academic ethnomusicologists to general listeners who enjoy this new, vibrant musical style.

The Blues: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Elijah Wald The Blues: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Elijah Wald
R183 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R43 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Praised as "suave, soulful, ebullient" (Tom Waits) and "a meticulous researcher, a graceful writer, and a committed contrarian" (New York Times Book Review), Elijah Wald is one of the leading popular music critics of his generation. In The Blues, Wald surveys a genre at the heart of American culture. It is not an easy thing to pin down. As Howlin' Wolf once described it, "When you ain't got no money and can't pay your house rent and can't buy you no food, you've damn sure got the blues." It has been defined by lyrical structure, or as a progression of chords, or as a set of practices reflecting West African "tonal and rhythmic approaches," using a five-note "blues scale." Wald sees blues less as a style than as a broad musical tradition within a constantly evolving pop culture. He traces its roots in work and praise songs, and shows how it was transformed by such professional performers as W. C. Handy, who first popularized the blues a century ago. He follows its evolution from Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith through Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix; identifies the impact of rural field recordings of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton and others; explores the role of blues in the development of both country music and jazz; and looks at the popular rhythm and blues trends of the 1940s and 1950s, from the uptown West Coast style of T-Bone Walker to the "down home" Chicago sound of Muddy Waters. Wald brings the story up to the present, touching on the effects of blues on American poetry, and its connection to modern styles such as rap. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Dylan Goes Electric! - Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties (Paperback): Elijah Wald Dylan Goes Electric! - Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties (Paperback)
Elijah Wald
R240 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R70 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

One of the music world's pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event's fiftieth anniversary. On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, Like a Rolling Stone. The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world-Dylan's declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation-and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music. In Dylan Goes Electric!, Elijah Wald explores the cultural, political and historical context of this seminal event that embodies the transformative decade that was the sixties. Wald delves deep into the folk revival, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and groundbreaking music to provide new insights into Dylan's artistic evolution, his special affinity to blues, his complex relationship to the folk establishment and his sometime mentor Pete Seeger, and the ways he reshaped popular music forever. Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, analysis of why it matters.

Dylan Goes Electric! - Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties (Hardcover): Elijah Wald Dylan Goes Electric! - Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties (Hardcover)
Elijah Wald 1
R114 Discovery Miles 1 140 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

One of the music world's pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event's fiftieth anniversary. On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, Like a Rolling Stone. The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world-Dylan's declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation-and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music. In Dylan Goes Electric!, Elijah Wald explores the cultural, political and historical context of this seminal event that embodies the transformative decade that was the sixties. Wald delves deep into the folk revival, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and groundbreaking music to provide new insights into Dylan's artistic evolution, his special affinity to blues, his complex relationship to the folk establishment and his sometime mentor Pete Seeger, and the ways he reshaped popular music forever. Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, analysis of why it matters.

How The Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll - An Alternative History of American Popular Music (Paperback): Elijah Wald How The Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll - An Alternative History of American Popular Music (Paperback)
Elijah Wald
R324 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R73 (23%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Overthrowing the conventional pieties of mainstream jazz and rock history, Elijah Wald traces the evolution of popular music through developing tastes, trends and technologies-including the role of records, radio, jukeboxes and television-to give a fuller, more balanced account of the broad variety of music that captivated listeners over the course of the twentieth century. Wald revisits original sources-recordings, period articles, memoirs, and interviews-to highlight how music was actually heard and experienced over the years. In a refreshing departure from more typical histories, he focuses on the world of working musicians and ordinary listeners rather than stars and specialists. He looks at the evolution of jazz as dance music, and rock 'n' roll through the eyes of the screaming, twisting teenage girls who made up the bulk of its early audience. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and the Beatles are all here, but Wald also discusses less familiar names like Paul Whiteman, Guy Lombardo, Mitch Miller, Jo Stafford, Frankie Avalon, and the Shirelles, who in some cases were far more popular than those bright stars we all know today, and who more accurately represent the mainstream of their times. "Wald's book is suave, soulful, ebullient and will blow out your speakers." -Tom Waits "Wald is a meticulous researcher, a graceful writer and a committed contrarian.... An impressive accomplishment." -Peter Keepnews, New York Times Book Review "One of those rare books that aims to upend received wisdom and actually succeeds." -Kirkus Reviews "It is as an alternative, corrective history of American music that Wald's book is invaluable. It forces us to see that only by studying the good with the bad-and by seeing that the good and bad can't be pulled apart-can we truly grasp the greatness of our cultural legacy." -Malcolm Jones, Newsweek "Wald wears his scholarship lightly, but his ideas and insights are substantial.... The attention-grabbing title, for all its counterintuitive appeal, gives scant indication of the book's ambitions and achievements." -David Suisman, The Sixties

The Mayor of MacDougal Street [2013 edition] - A Memoir (Paperback, 2nd edition): Elijah Wald, Dave Van Ronk The Mayor of MacDougal Street [2013 edition] - A Memoir (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Elijah Wald, Dave Van Ronk; As told to Dave Van Ronk, Elijah Wald
R291 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R71 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Dave van ronk (1936-2002) was not only one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk music revival he was a pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of his era. He was also a marvellous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures in The Village. The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a unique firsthand account of the sixties folk scene that includes encounters with young stars-to-be like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and older luminaries like Woody Guthrie and Odetta. colourful, hilarious, and engaging, The Mayor of MacDougal Street will appeal not only to folk and blues fans but also to anyone interested in the music, politics, and spirit of a revolutionary period in American culture.

American Epic - The First Time America Heard Itself (Hardcover): Bernard Macmahon, Allison McGourty American Epic - The First Time America Heard Itself (Hardcover)
Bernard Macmahon, Allison McGourty; As told to Elijah Wald
R576 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R145 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The companion book to the ground breaking BBC Arena documentary series celebrating the pioneers and artists of American roots music, blues, gospel, folk, Cajun, Appalachian, Hawaiian, Native American without which there would be no jazz, rock, country R&B, or hip hop today. Jack White, T. Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford have teamed up to executive produce American Epic, a historical music project exploring the pivotal recording journeys of the early twentieth century, which for the first time captured the breadth of American music and made it available to the world. It was, in a very real way, the first time America truly heard herself. In the 1920s and 1930s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent-farmers, labourers, and ethnic minorities playing styles that blended the intertwining strands of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. These recordings form the bedrock for modern music as we know it, but during the Depression many record companies went out of business and more than ninety percent of the fragile 78 rpm discs were destroyed. Fortunately, thanks to the continuing efforts of cultural detectives and record devotees, the stories of America's earliest musicians can finally be told. Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, who directed and produced the documentary with American musician Duke Erikson, spent years traveling around the US in search of recollections of those musical pioneers. Their fascinating account, written with the assistance of prize-winning author Elijah Wald, continues the journey of the series and features additional stories, never-before-seen photographs, and unearthed artwork. It also contains contributions from many of the musicians who participated including Taj Mahal, Nas, Willie Nelson, and Steve Martin, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible journey across America. American Epic is an extraordinary testament to our country's musical roots, the transformation of our culture, and the artists who gave us modern popular music.

The Mayor of MacDougal Street - A Memoir (MP3 format, CD): Dave Van Ronk The Mayor of MacDougal Street - A Memoir (MP3 format, CD)
Dave Van Ronk; Contributions by Elijah Wald; Foreword by Lawrence Block; Read by Sean Runnette
R518 R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Save R145 (28%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days
Josh White - Society Blues (Paperback): Elijah Wald Josh White - Society Blues (Paperback)
Elijah Wald
R832 Discovery Miles 8 320 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days


Born in South Carolina, White spent his childhood as a "lead boy" for traveling blind bluesmen. In the early '30s he moved to New York and became a popular blues star, then introduced folk-blues to a mass white audience in the 1940s. He was famed both for his strong Civil Rights songs, which made him a favorite of the Roosevelts, and for his sexy stage persona. The king of Café Society-also home to Billie Holiday--he was the one bluesman to consistently pack the New York nightspots, and the first black singer-guitarist to act in Hollywood films and star on Broadway.
In the 1950s, White's bitter compromise with the blacklisters left him with few friends on either end of the political spectrum. He spent much of the decade in Europe, then came back strong in the 1960s folk revival. By 1963, he was voted one of America's top three male folk stars, but his health was failing and he did not survive the decade.
Written in an engaging style, Society Blues portrays the difficult balancing act that all black performers must face in a predominantly white culture. Through the twists and turns of White's life, it traces the evolution of the blues and folk revival, and is a must read for anyone interested in the history of American popular culture, as well as a fascinating life story.

Exploding the Gene Myth - How Genetic Information is Produced and Manipulated by Scientists, Physicians, Employers, Insurance... Exploding the Gene Myth - How Genetic Information is Produced and Manipulated by Scientists, Physicians, Employers, Insurance Companies, Educators and Law Enforcers (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Ruth Hubbard, Elijah Wald
R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Genes have become mythologized as truth-tellers and explanations for everything from homosexuality to heavy drinking. More and more, the unregulated findings of genetic science are being written into insurance policies, employment contracts, into law enforcement and education. This new edition of Hubbard's book challenges the current hegemony of gene research, exploring both its scientific and social implications, including new advances such as genetic cloning.

Narcocorrido - A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas (Spanish, Paperback): Elijah Wald Narcocorrido - A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas (Spanish, Paperback)
Elijah Wald
R310 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R75 (24%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

In the first full-length exploration of the contemporary and controversial Mexican corrido, award-winning author Elijah Wald blends a travel narrative with his search for the roots of this genre -- a modern outlaw music that fuses the sensibilities of medieval ballads with the edgy grit of gangsta rap.

From international superstars to rural singers documenting their local current events in the regions dominated by guerilla war, Wald visited these songwriters in their homes, exploring the heartland of the Mexican drug traffic and traveling to urban centers such as Los Angeles and Mexico City. The corrido genre is famous for its hard-bitten songs of drug traffickers and gunfights, and also functions as a sort of musical newspaper, singing of government corruption, the lives of immigrants in the United States, and the battles of the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas. Though largely unknown to English speakers, corridos top the Latin charts and dominate radio playlists both in the United States and points south. Wald provides in-depth looks at the songwriters who have transformed groups like the popular Tigres del Norte into enduring superstars, as well as the younger artists who are carrying the corrido into the twenty-first century. In searching for the poetry and social protest behind the gaudy lyrics of powerful drug lords, Wald shows how popular music can remain the voice of a people, even in this modern world of globalization, electronic media, and gangsters who ship cocaine in 747s.

Dylan Goes Electric! - Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition):... Dylan Goes Electric! - Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Elijah Wald; Narrated by Sean Runnette
R518 R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Save R117 (23%) Special order
The Mayor of Macdougal Street (Standard format, CD): Dave Van Ronk The Mayor of Macdougal Street (Standard format, CD)
Dave Van Ronk; Contributions by Elijah Wald; Foreword by Lawrence Block; Read by Sean Runnette
R526 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R56 (11%) Special order
The Mayor of Macdougal Street (Standard format, CD, Library ed.): Dave Van Ronk The Mayor of Macdougal Street (Standard format, CD, Library ed.)
Dave Van Ronk; Contributions by Elijah Wald; Foreword by Lawrence Block; Read by Sean Runnette
R1,715 R1,469 Discovery Miles 14 690 Save R246 (14%) Special order
Josh White - Society Blues (Hardcover): Elijah Wald Josh White - Society Blues (Hardcover)
Elijah Wald
R2,893 Discovery Miles 28 930 Special order

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Global Minstrels - Voices of World Music (Paperback, New Ed): Elijah Wald Global Minstrels - Voices of World Music (Paperback, New Ed)
Elijah Wald
R878 Discovery Miles 8 780 Special order

"Global Minstrels: The World of World Music" introduces today's leading performers from around the world. From urban nightclubbers dancing to salsa to suburbanites relaxing with Cuban and Brazilian melodies, to the host of pop and rock stars who have added international flavors to their music, "world" sounds have become part of the basic fabric of American life. At the same time, in every American city, immigrants have used musical gatherings as a way to bring their communities together. Including conversations with dozens of artists from five continents, "Global Minstrels" explores the breadth of the world music experience through the voices of the musicians themselves. In the process, it gives a unique view of the interactions of a globalizing society and introduces readers to some of the most fascinating and thoughtful artists working on the current scene.
Profiled artists include Ladysmith Black Mambazo; King Sunny Ade, The Mighty Sparrow, Reuben Blades, Los Tigres del Norte, Gilberto Gil, Dick Gaughan, Alan Stivell, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, The Gipsy Kings, Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, and many more.
Global Minstrels will strongly appeal to the world music audience, from academic ethnomusicologists to general listeners who enjoy this new, vibrant musical style.

Josh White - Society Blues (Hardcover): Elijah Wald Josh White - Society Blues (Hardcover)
Elijah Wald
R735 R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Save R83 (11%) Special order

A gifted and charismatic entertainer, Josh White (1914-1969) was a blues star of the 1930s, a cabaret star of the 1940s, and a folk star of the 1950s and 1960s. In 1963, a Billboard magazine poll ranked him America's third most popular male folksinger, surpassed only by Pete Seeger and Harry Belafonte, and ahead of Bob Dylan. White brought American folk and blues to audiences around the world and released several dozen albums, all featuring his distinctive guitar style, supple voice, and unique showmanship.

In this compelling biography, Elijah Wald traces White's journey from a childhood leading blind singers on the streets of Greenville, South Carolina, to the heights of Manhattan cafe society. He explores the complexities of White's music, his struggles with discrimination and stereotypes, his political involvements, and his sometimes raucous personal life.

White was always drawn to music and made his first recordings at age fourteen. By the 1930s he had become a recording star, with equally strong careers in blues and gospel. In the 1940s he was discovered by white audiences and regularly appeared in New York cabarets alongside such artists as Billie Holiday. He also became an outspoken proponent of civil rights and frequently appeared at rallies and benefits, as well as at the Roosevelt White House, becoming known as "the Presidential Minstrel". He was one of the few black figures to star on Broadway and appear in Hollywood films, the only black solo performer to have his own national tour, and a daring sex symbol with adoring fans on both sides of the color line.

In the 1950s, White won acclaim in Europe, then saw his achievements collapse in the polarized political fermentof the McCarthy era. Attempting to strike a balance that would keep his career afloat, he instead ended up alienating both political camps. Although still a star in England, he became the forgotten man at home until his resurrection during the folk revival.

American Epic - When Music Gave America Her Voice (Standard format, CD): Bernard Macmahon, Allison McGourty, Elijah Wald American Epic - When Music Gave America Her Voice (Standard format, CD)
Bernard Macmahon, Allison McGourty, Elijah Wald; Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
R604 R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Save R141 (23%) Special order
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