Global Minstrels

Global Minstrels

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by Elijah Wald
     
 

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World music is the fastest growing sector of the U.S. music market. Artists such as Ry Cooder, Paul Simon and the Talking Heads have utilized "world" sounds in their work, and international performers draw crowds across the country. At the same time, in an era of unprecedented immigration and globalization, people all over the world are using music as way to preserve… See more details below

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World music is the fastest growing sector of the U.S. music market. Artists such as Ry Cooder, Paul Simon and the Talking Heads have utilized "world" sounds in their work, and international performers draw crowds across the country. At the same time, in an era of unprecedented immigration and globalization, people all over the world are using music as way to preserve their local and ethnic identity.

Global Minstrels explores the breadth of the world music experience through the voices of the musicians themselves. It provides an accessible introduction to the international music scene and a unique view of the interactions of a globalizing society, and brings readers close to fascinating and thoughtful artists from five continents, including Caetano Veloso, Ravi Shankar, Paco de Lucia, Oumou Sangare, and King Sunny Ade.

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"Whether you enjoy flamenco, salsa, tango or township tunes, Global Minstrels will extend and update your musical knowledge."—The City Paper, Nashville

"World Music has made ethnomusicologists of us all, attempting to understand where music comes from and what it means. Elijah Wald, musician, author, and former world music critic from the Boston Globe, offers some answers of his own through the voices of over 75 musicians profiled in this new collection."—Dirty Linen

"Perhaps the most significant contribution of Global Minstrels is the way it helps to rehumanize the discussion of world music by allowing the voices of the artists themselves...to be heard above the din of academic debate."—Ethnomusicology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415979290
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Elijah Wald is a writer and musician who speaks several languages and has travelled widely around the world, first as a hitchhiking street musician and later as a somewhat more serious researcher. His books include Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues (2004); Narcocorrido: A Journey into t he Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas (2001); Josh White: Society Blues (2000, 2002) and River of Song: Music Along the Mississippi (1998; with John Junkerman).

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