World Music: A Very Short Introduction (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, May 30, 2002 - 200 pages
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'World music' emerged as an invention of the West from encounters with other cultures. This book draws readers into a remarkable range of these historical encounters, in which music had the power to evoke the exotic and to give voice to the voiceless. In the course of the volume's eight chapters the reader witnesses music's involvement in the modern world, but also the individual moments and particular histories that are crucial to an understanding of music's diversity. World Music is wide-ranging in its geographical scope, yet individual chapters provide in-depth treatments of selected music cultures and regional music histories. The book frequently zooms in on repertoires and musicians - such as Bob Marley, Bartok, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - and attempts to account for world music's growing presence and popularity at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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User Review  - Kathleen O'Neal - Goodreads

An introduction to world music that had the potential to be both better and shorter at the same time. Read full review

Review: World Music: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #65)

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

The topic of world music is vastly broad. The author prefaces the book by stating this and explaining that he won't be able to cover everything, which is understandable. However, the spotty case ... Read full review


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Chapter 1In the beginning myth and meaning in world music
Chapter 2The West and the world
Chapter 3Between myth and history
Chapter 4Music of the folk
Chapter 5Music of the nations
Chapter 7Colonial musics postcolonial worlds and the globalization of world music
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Chapter 6Diaspora

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