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Eisteddfod

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Eisteddfod (literally, a sitting; plural: eisteddfodau) is a ubiquitous and indigenous form of competitive cultural festival in Wales. The origins of eisteddfodau lie in the competitive meetings held for the bards of the Welsh aristocracy...

Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible

David Evans

David Evans was born in Cardiff and educated at Cardiff University. He holds a DPhil in American Literature from the University of Oxford. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Independent on Sunday, FT Weekend and Sight & Sound. This is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

33 1/3 Books

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...In August 1994, Manic Street Preachers released The Holy Bible, a dark, fiercely intelligent album that explored such themes as mental illness, murder and war. Richey Edwards, the band’s lyricist and motive force, vanished five months...

Tom Jones

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...When Tom Jones won the Best New Artist Grammy in 1965, it ignited a career that would see over 100 million albums sold and thirty-six Top 40 hits in the UK. Born in Wales in 1940, Jones began singing at a young age but suffered from...

Penillion

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...Penillion, or canu penillion (penillion singing or verse singing), is a form of singing believed to be exclusive to Wales. It is also sometimes called cerdd dant or canu gyda’r tannau (respectively, string craft and singing...

John Cale’s Paris 1919 (1973)

Mark Polizzotti

Mark Polizzotti’s previous books include the collaborative novel S. (1991), Lautréamont Nomad (1994), Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton (1995), The New Life: Poems (1998), and a study of Luis Buñuel’s Los Olvidados for the British Film Institute (2006). His articles, reviews, and poetry have appeared in The NewRepublic, ARTnews, Parnassus, Partisan Review, and elsewhere. He is also the translator of over thirty books, including works by Gustave Flaubert, Marguerite Duras, André Breton, and Jean Echenoz. He lives in Boston, where he directs the publications program at the Museum of Fine Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...Paris 1919 was released in 1973 and went straight to obscurity. By the time I’d learned of it, only a few years later, it was already hard to find, a B-side anomaly lost (for a while, at least) between its experimental predecessor and its...

Driving on the A470: Cars and roads in Welsh-language popular music

Popular Music and Automobiles

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...In his final published work before his death, The Psychology of Distance (2003), the academic and Welsh assembly politician Phil Williams related an anecdote the contours of which will be familiar to most Welsh people. As a student...

Scritti Politti’s Cupid & Psyche 85 (1985)

Dan LeRoy

Dan LeRoy is the Director of Literary Arts at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Vibe, The Village Voice, National Review Online and Alternative Press. Mr. LeRoy is the co-author (with Michael Lipton) of 20 Years of Mountain Stage, a history of the National Public Radio show, and his book The Greatest Music Never Sold will be published by Backbeat in autumn 2007. He is also a contributor to But Prince Don’t Moonwalk, an anthology of music writing to be published in 2008 by Crown/Random House. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...A number of mythological characters with familiar names have stories unfamiliar to many of us. Two such figures are Cupid and Psyche, star-crossed lovers from Greek antiquity. Cupid, sent by a jealous Aphrodite to wound Psyche...

Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth

Michael Blair

Michael Blair grew up in St. Louis and lives in New York. He works at BOMB Magazine and is a founding member of the Hi Fi Snock Uptown collective. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Joe Bucciero

Joe Bucciero is a writer born in Chicago and based in New York. He helps edit the music zine AdHoc and the journal Blank Forms, and has written for the Quietus, the Brooklyn Rail, Los Angeles Review of Books, and others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

33 1/3 Books

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...Welsh post-punk band Young Marble Giants released one LP in 1980 and then, like their vanishing portraits on the album’s cover, disappeared. Even though Colossal Youth received positive reviews and sold surprisingly well, Young Marble...

Cymanfa Ganu

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...The cymanfa ganu (plural: cymanfaoedd; in English, singing meeting) has prevailed throughout Wales since the first half of the nineteenth century. Essentially an activity of Nonconformist chapels, cymanfaoedd are most popularly held over...
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...Based in Wales, UK, the Young Marble Giants was a post-punk band that, because of their sound’s clear contrast to the punk genre, can arguably be considered to have inspired the later new wave and indie music movements. Guitarist...