Contemporary Musicians

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787696146
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Series: Contemporary Musicians Series
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Muhal Richard Abrams: Covers broad musical territory 1
Aerosmith: Veteran rockers 4
Chava Alberstein: Israel's "first lady of folk" 9
Vanessa Amorosi: Australian pop sensation 12
Syd Barrett: Songwriting genius behind Pink Floyd 15
Ray Barretto: Leading force in contemporary Latin music 19
Kenny Barron: Jazz sideman known for verve and sensitivity 22
Beausoleil: Grammy Award-winning Cajun group 26
Black 47: Blend of Celtic music, rock, funk, and reggae 29
Jane Bunnett: Jazz saxophonist champions Cuban culture 31
Ralph Burns: Big band arranger and composer 34
Willie Colon: Influential Latin jazz musician 37
Ray Conniff: Composer and conductor of pop vocal choruses 40
Cowboy Mouth: New Orleans roots music group 43
Cradle of Filth: Controversial gothic-metal group 46
Culture Club: 1980s New Wave group 49
The dB's: Popular power-pop 52
De La Soul: Pioneering rappers 54
Delerium: Prolific electronica duo 57
The Derailers: "Heavy country" group 59
Alejandro Escovedo: Alternative country veteran 61
Faithless: High-energy dance tunes 64
54-40: Eclectric rock blend 67
Frank Emilio Flynn: Influential Cuban jazz pianist 70
David "Panama" Francis: Remarkable jazz drummer 73
Norman Granz: Jazz impresario with a social conscience 76
Bruce Haack: Critically acclaimed children's songwriter 79
John Hartford: Unique "grass-rock" sounds 82
Juliana Hatfield: Pop with a sharp lyrical edge 85
Heather Headley: Star of the Broadway stage 89
Joe Henry: Moody lyrics make powerful statement 92
Bruce Iglauer: Alligator Records founder 94
Jimmy Eat World: "Emocore" rockers 97
Sumi Jo: International opera star 99
Etta Jones: Vocalist made unique mark on jazz 102
Rita Lee: Exemplifies Brazilian rock 'n' roll 105
Otto Luening: Pioneer of electronic music 108
Lovin' Spoonful: 1960s hitmakers 111
Low: Minimalist, underground rock 114
Baaba Maal: Senegalese singer a world music leader 117
Lonnie Mack: Electric guitar virtuoso 120
Natalie MacMaster: Popular Celtic fiddler 123
Mana: Successful Mexican rock group 126
Kathy Mattea: Award-winning, progressive country 129
Big Jay McNeely: Rabble-rousing saxophonist 132
Gian Carlo Menotti: Legendary opera composer 135
Molly Hatchet: "Blue-collar" Southern rock 138
Moloko: Dance music duo 142
Juice Newton: Country with rock crossover appeal 145
Out of the Grey: Contemporary Christian music duo 148
Augustus Pablo: Made lasting contribution to Jamaican music 151
Itzhak Perlman: Master violinist 154
Pink: Pop with an attitude 157
Powerman 5000: Eclectic goth-metal blend 160
Rage Against the Machine: Rockers committed to social activism 163
Simon Rattle: Esteemed conductor 167
The Rembrandts: Had hit with Friends theme song 171
Rheostatics: Celebrated Canadian rock group 174
Tex Ritter: Famed singing cowboy 176
Jimmy Rushing: Soulful jazz vocals 179
Sade: Smooth, cool pop 182
S Club 7: "Tweener" vocal pop group 185
Sevendust: Nu-metal rock hybrid 188
Shaggy: One of reggae's most popular artists 191
Alan Silvestri: Accomplished film composer 194
Zoot Sims: Swing saxophonist 196
Sister Sledge: Sibling R&B vocal group 199
Angie Stone: "New soul queen" 202
Strawbs: 1970s progressive rock group 205
The Strokes: Critically acclaimed indie group 208
Styx: Arena rock icons 211
Michelle Tumes: Ethereal Christian music 214
Uncle Tupelo: Sparked alternative country genre 217
U-Roy: Helped start reggae's dub revolution 219
Russell Watson: Britain's "people's tenor" 221
Cumulative Subject Index 225
Cumulative Musicians Index 255
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