Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey : A Journey to Music’s Heart and Soul
A readable, engagingly written history of the blues by a musician (Rolling Stones) who knows the music inside out. Beautifully and creatively illustrated.
Jazz : A History of America's Music
The companion book to Ken Burns's Public Television documentary. Includes more than 500 photographs of jazz greats.
Music of Black Americans : A History
A comprehensive chronicle covering nearly 400 years of music from the time of the first arrival in North America. Extensive bibliography, discography, and timelines for each period covered.
Rap and Hip Hop : Examining Pop Culture
A good place to begin understanding rap and hip-hop’s history, issues surrounding commercialization, and questions about violence and sexism, among other things. Critical essays from a number of different points of view.
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