Balkan Fascination : Creating an Alternative Music Culture in America Includes CD/DVD: Creating an Alternative Music Culture in America Includes CD/DVD

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Oxford University Press, USA, Dec 11, 2006 - Music - 310 pages
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In Balkan Fascination, ethnomusicologist Mirjana Lausevic, a native of the Balkans, investigates why so many Americans actively participate in specific Balkan cultural practices to which they have no family or ethnic connection. Going beyond traditional interpretations, she challenges the notion that participation in Balkan culture in North America is merely a specialized offshoot of the 1960s American folk music scene. Instead, her exploration of the relationship between the stark sounds and lively dances of the Balkan region and the Americans who love them reveals that Balkan dance and music has much deeper roots in America's ideas about itself, its place in the world, and the place of the world's cultures in the melting pot.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Part I Ethnography of the Balkan Music and Dance Scene
15
Part II Folk Dancing and TurnoftheCentury America
69
Part III International Folk Dancing from the 1930s to the 1950s
131
Part IV The 1950s and Beyond
181
Sample Questionnaire
243
Notes
245
Bibliography
265
Index
277
Key to Selections on DVD
297
Key to Selections on CD
299
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