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.