Rough Guide to World Music

Overview

The Rough Guide to World Music spans the music of seventy different countries and regions - everything from salsa to soukous, cajun to calypso, rai to qawwali. The detailed coverage brings together more than sixty expert contributors, whose feature articles take in the music to be seen and heard live around the globe, as well as on record. Major pieces are backed up by interviews with the key groups and artists, translations of lyrics, and extensive reviews and discographies. Whether you've discovered world music...
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Overview

The Rough Guide to World Music spans the music of seventy different countries and regions - everything from salsa to soukous, cajun to calypso, rai to qawwali. The detailed coverage brings together more than sixty expert contributors, whose feature articles take in the music to be seen and heard live around the globe, as well as on record. Major pieces are backed up by interviews with the key groups and artists, translations of lyrics, and extensive reviews and discographies. Whether you've discovered world music through Paul Simon or Ali Farka Toure, David Byrne or the Bhundu Boys, Celia Cruz or Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the Rough Guide is guaranteed to expand your horizons... and your CD, cassette and record collection!
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Hats off to anyone with the guts to publish a guide purporting to deal with all the music in the world-and hats off twice to the editors of this book, who have succeeded not only in providing such a guide but in doing so with wit, succintness, and mind-boggling thoroughness. And talk about user-friendly-the table of contents consists of a big world map with boxes pointing to various regions and directing the reader to the appropriate chapter. Each musical style is given a brief but thorough overview, while sidebars provide information about especially significant artists. Every section ends with a selective discography. It doesn't seem that any musical tradition of any importance has been left out: you'll find essays here on everything from Colombian vailenata music to Moroccan chaaoi. What could have been unwieldy sprawl is made easily manageable by an exhaustive index. Given the price, this guide is budget-friendly, too, and should be considered an essential resource for even the most limited music collection.-Rick Anderson, Contoocook, N.H.
Philadelphia Inquirer

The most impressive reference work of the year.<\P>

Andy Kershaw

A work of lunatic scholarship--Andy Kershaw, BBC Radio 1<\P>

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858283340
  • Publisher: Rough Guides, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/15/1998
  • Series: Rough Guide Music Reference Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 848
  • Product dimensions: 0.10 (w) x 0.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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