Making Music in the Polish Tatras: Tourists, Ethnographers, and Mountain Musicians (Google eBook)

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Indiana University Press, Apr 14, 2005 - Music - 320 pages
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Challenging myths that mountain isolation and ancient folk customs defined the music culture of the Polish Tatras, Timothy J. Cooley shows that intensive contact with tourists and their more academic kin, ethnographers, since the late 19th century helped shape both the ethnic group known as G├3rale (highlanders) and the music that they perform. Making Music in the Polish Tatras reveals how the historically related practices of tourism and ethnography actually created the very objects of tourist and ethnographic interest in what has become the popular resort region of Zakopane. This lively book introduces readers to G├3rale musicians, their present-day lives and music making, and how they navigate a regional mountain-defined identity while participating in global music culture. Vivid descriptions of musical performances at weddings, funerals, and festivals and the collaboration of G├3rale fiddlers with the Jamaican reggae group Twinkle Brothers are framed by discussions of currently influential theories relating to identity and ethnicity and to anthropological and sociological studies of ritual, tourism, festivals, globalism, and globalization. The book includes a 46-track CD illustrating the rich variety of G├3rale music, including examples of its fusion with Jamaican reggae.

  

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Contents

1 Podhale
18
2 Making History
58
A History of Ethnography in Podhale
83
4 Village on Stage
123
5 Global Village
162
6 Village for Hire
203
7 Back to the Village
217
Village Exhumed
246
Glossary
251
Notes
257
References Cited
263
List of Illustrations
275
List of Audio Examples
279
Index
283
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About the author (2005)

Timothy J. Cooley is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and co-editor (with Gregory F. Barz) of Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology.

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