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Buddy Holly

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...He was one of rock’s first icons, but Buddy Holly’s career was cut short by the 1959 plane crash that killed him, Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, and others. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Holly came from a musical family and performed with his...

Western Canada (Francophone)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Francophone Population: Manitoba – 49,100; Saskatchewan – 19,901; Alberta – 52,290; British Columbia – 56,755 (1999) The four provinces that lie west of Ontario constitute Canada’s largest land mass. Manitoba...

Brian Wilson

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San Marino

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: 26,266 (2004) San Marino is the world’s third-smallest and oldest republic. Founded in 301 B.C. on the slopes of Mount Titano, it is a landlocked territory of 24 sq miles (61 sq km) situated in central...
...As an Israeli singer and songwriter whose career spanned over fifty years, Arik Einstein’s music was interconnected with a series of major political and social events in the region. Born in 1913 in Tel Aviv, then within the British Mandate...

Bel Canto

Robert Toft

Robert Toft holds a PhD in Historical Musicology from King’s College, University of London and has taught at universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Canada. He took the lead role in developing the Popular Music Studies program at The University of Western Ontario, where he is currently Professor of Music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hits and Misses : Crafting Top 40 Singles, 1963–1971

Continuum, 2011

Scholarly Books

...In transforming the basic structure of a song into effective musical discourse, recordists strive to heighten the impact of the lyrics, melody, and harmony through an emotionally persuasive performance designed to enhance the expressive...
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...The indie group Belle and Sebastian emerged from relative obscurity in Scotland to become critically acclaimed and a staple of dorm room listening parties on either side of the Atlantic. Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David formed the group...

Big Star

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...During their initial run from 1971 through 1975, Big Star developed a contemporary cult following and initiated a style of performance that predicted the rise of alternative rock in the 1980s and 1990s. Big Star was formed in Memphis...
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...Within the global jazz community, Milton Nascimento’s career has served as reminder of the potential creativity and innovation that can occur within disasporic spaces. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1942, Nascimento’s mother was a maid...