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Caetano Veloso’s A Foreign Sound

Barbara Browning

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

33 1/3 Books

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...What makes a song sound foreign? What makes it sound “American,” or Brazilian? Caetano Veloso’s 2004 American songbook album, A Foreign Sound, is a meditation on these questions—but in truth, they were questions...
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...The lead singer on Supercell’s eponymous first album is Hatsune Miku—a Vocaloid character created by Crypton Future Media with voice synthesizers. A virtual superstar, over 100,000 songs, uploaded mostly by fans, are attributed to her....

The Raincoats' The Raincoats

Jenn Pelly

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

33 1/3 Books

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...In 1979, from the basement of a London squat, the Raincoats reinvented what punk could be. They had a violin player. They came from Portugal, Spain, and England. Their anarchy was poetic. Working with the iconic Rough Trade Records at its...
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...Stephen Catanzarite takes a close look at what many consider to be U2's most fully formed album through the prisms of religion, politics, spirituality, and culture, illuminating its previously unexplored depths, arguing that it's a concept...

Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited

Mark Polizzotti

Bloomsbury Academic, 2006

33 1/3 Books

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...Highway 61 Revisited resonates because of its enduring emotional appeal. Few songwriters before Dylan or since have combined so effectively the intensely personal with the spectacularly universal. In “Like a Rolling Stone,“ his gleeful...
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...A fully illustrated oral history of the Magnetic Fields' 1999 triple album, 69 Love Songs - an album that was afforded "classic" status by many almost as soon as it was released. LD Beghtol's book is chatty, incestuous, funny, dark...

AC/DC’s Highway to Hell

Joe Bonomo

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

33 1/3 Books

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...Released in 1979, AC/DC’s Highway To Hell was the infamous last album recorded with singer Bon Scott, who died of alcohol poisoning in London in February of 1980. Officially chalked up to “Death by Misadventure,” Scott’s demise has forever...

The Afghan Whigs' Gentlemen

Bob Gendron

Bloomsbury Academic, 2008

33 1/3 Books

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...In the absence of love, there is loneliness, sorrow and desperation. And that’s where I come in.“ --Greg Dulli, introducing “When We Two Parted” onstage in San Francisco Like no record before or since, Gentlemen is fraught...
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...Dinosaur Jr, the stereotypical slackers. Mascis, Barlow, Murph (just Murph): three early-twentysomethings still overburdened by a torpid adolescence and a disastrous dress sense. With battered guitar, bass, and kit, they carry around...

Johnny Cash's American Recordings

Tony Tost

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

33 1/3 Books

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...A superb investigation of what is arguably Johnny Cash’s greatest album, focusing on his enduring mythology....