Yodel-ay-ee-Oooo: A Short History of Yodeling / Edition 1

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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Editorial Reviews

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Writing like the manic, gonzo son of Nick Tosches, Plantenga here crams into his text just about everything one would ever want to know and then some about yodeling and yodelers. A DJ and amateur musicologist, he intends to trace yodeling from its Swiss origins to the upper registers of country, funk, folk, and pop, among other genres. Figures as diverse as avant-garde shriek-mistress Diamanda Galas, central African Pygmies, Jimmie Rodgers, and Patsy Montana have all yodeled. In his introduction, Plantenga touts this cross-cultural angle, but his conclusions are highly speculative; the text is sprinkled with too many "maybes," "possiblies," and undersubstantiated "probablies." As a thoroughly entertaining, throttle-at-the-red-line ride through the history of the various discrete styles of yodeling, however, this book scores a ton of points. The bibliography is thorough, and the annotated listening lists are highly eclectic and full of insight. Highly recommended for all public libraries and for academic libraries with significant popular culture or world music collections.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415939898
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bart Plantenga is a widely published author, having written journalism, fiction, and non-fiction. His writings have appeared in Reggae, Rasta Revolution: Jamaican Music from Ska to Dub , and he has contributed to many musical and pop culture journals, including the American Music Research Center Journal. He lives in Amsterdam.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Yodel-Festo 1
1 A Jodl Is a Jodel Is a Yodel? 9
2 Who Duh Lay Hee Who: Swiss Yodeling 29
3 Germany and Austria: Velvet Throats & Leather Pants 57
4 Where Yodels Are Jodeled Beyond the Alps 83
5 From India to Down Under 111
6 African Yodeling Beyond the Rainforest 137
7 Transmission and Transition 157
8 The Hillbillies Are Alive with Yodeling 185
9 A Cowboy's Yip to a Yodel 213
10 Modern Epiglottal Frontiers 241
11 Be On Your Avant Garde, Yodelers! 269
App. A Yodds and Ends: Yodeling Beyond Music 297
App. B Selected Yodel-ossary 307
App. C Other Carriers of the Yodeling Bug 311
Notes 313
Bibliography 321
Index 329
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