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This book gives a brief introduction to popular musical styles found around the world. Organized by continent/region, and then A to Z by country, the book features both background information on the cultural and musical history of each area, along with succinct reviews of key recordings.
World Music: A Very Short Introduction by Bohlman, Philip V.
Call Number: ML3470 .B68 2002
In the course of the volume's eight chapters the reader witnesses music's involvement in the modern world, but also the individual moments and particular histories that are crucial to an understanding of music's diversity.
this volume introduces World Music in the contexts of discovery/encounter, nationalism, diaspora, colonialism and globalization.
Worlds of Music : An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples by Titon, Jeff Todd, gen. ed.
Call Number: Music Library Ref ML3545 .W67 2002
Intended for courses in World Music/Ethnomusicology, an introductory course. This is particularly good for people with little or no background in music.
It has an accompanying Music CD: Music Reserve ML3545 W67 2002 MUSIC
Earlier versons of this book are in the Music stacks.
More Books of Interest
The No-Nonsense Guide to World Music by Gray, Louise
Call Number: ML3545 .G73 2009
This book attempts to explore the reasons for the contemporary interest in world music: who listens to it and why? Through chapters that focus on specific areas of music, such as rembetika, fado, trance music and new folk, it explores the genres that have emerged from marginalized communities, music from conflict zones, and music as a form of escapism.