History & Criticism

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  • booksreddit.com:What to Listen for in Music (Signet Classics)

    What to Listen for in Music (Signet Classics)

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    Trained musicians, what do you notice when you hear a song for the first time?
    Whether they listen to Mozart or Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland invites readers to ask two basic questions: Are they hearing everything that is going on? Are they really being sensitive to it? With his provocative suggestions, Aaron Copland guides readers through a deeper appreciation of the most rewarding of all art forms.


  • booksreddit.com:Ass Goblins of Auschwitz

    Ass Goblins of Auschwitz

    840

    AS SEEN ON COMEDY CENTRAL’S @MIDNIGHT!  It’s Monty Python meets Nazi exploitation in a surreal nightmare as can only be imagined by Bizarro author Cameron Pierce. In a land where black snow falls in the shape of swastikas, there exists a nightmarish prison camp known as Auschwitz. It is run by a fascist, flatulent race of aliens called the Ass Goblins, who travel in apple-shaped spaceships to abduct children from the neighboring world of Kidland. Prisoners 999 and 1001 are co…


  • booksreddit.com:Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Novels)

    Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Novels)

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    A New York Times Notable BookA Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-sellerWise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war…


  • booksreddit.com:propitiation.

    propitiation.

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    In eastern Kentucky, people don’t have much; God, guns and Oxycontin, and if you try to take any of those away, you’re likely to have a run in with at least two of them. Caster is the son of the local preacher, Solomon Jenkins, who preaches more fire and brimstone than forgiveness and love. Caster is steeped in drugs and violence, running the hollers with a poetic recklessness, Jesus and Jim Beam on his breath. He finds himself a house divided, a path well-worn in these deep, dark hills, a…


  • booksreddit.com:Ambient Century

    Ambient Century

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    This publication reveals the drift in 20th-century music from composers to non-musicians, from strict rules to no rules, from the single note to the sample. This drift through technology, Minimalism, the rock era and techno music is earthed by the development of ambient sound, to the author the most important breakthough of the past 100 years. With the help of electronics, new ideas and consumer music, Ambient music has established itself beyond question as “the classical music of the future.”


  • booksreddit.com:A Viakov's Tale

    A Viakov’s Tale

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    Among the Viakov, the black bearfolk of Nith, a height of less than seven feet means you’re a runt. If that wasn’t bad enough, Abnayrn can’t find a single trade that he’s decent in either. Needless to say, he’s having a difficult time passing into adulthood. But the arrival of Master Toothless changes everything when he is chosen to be the famous bard’s assistant. That week, Abnayrn learns that the simple life he has always longed for is a facade. Unhinged, the young bearfolk chooses to leave…


  • booksreddit.com:Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths

    Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths

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    The lineage of the Japanese sword can be traced back over a thousand years, and throughout its long history the sword has emerged as one of Japan’s most durable cultural assets. Part of its mythical appeal lies in the unique harmony of its historical roles as deadly hand-held weapon, embodiment of the samurai spirit, and powerful symbol of warfare.The types of sword that have been made, their forging methods, and the styles of blade have been influenced by historical events and shaped by deve…


  • booksreddit.com:The Atlas of Middle-Earth (Revised Edition)

    The Atlas of Middle-Earth (Revised Edition)

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    Karen Wynn Fonstad’s THE ATLAS OF MIDDLE-EARTH is an essential volume that will enchant all Tolkien fans. Here is the definitive guide to the geography of Middle-earth, from its founding in the Elder Days through the Third Age, including the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo, and the Fellowship of the Ring. Authentic and updated — nearly one third of the maps are new, and the text is fully revised — the atlas illuminates the enchanted world created in THE SILMARILLION, THE HOBBIT, and THE LORD OF TH…


  • booksreddit.com:Ass Goblins of Auschwitz

    Ass Goblins of Auschwitz

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    AS SEEN ON COMEDY CENTRAL’S @MIDNIGHT!  It’s Monty Python meets Nazi exploitation in a surreal nightmare as can only be imagined by Bizarro author Cameron Pierce. In a land where black snow falls in the shape of swastikas, there exists a nightmarish prison camp known as Auschwitz. It is run by a fascist, flatulent race of aliens called the Ass Goblins, who travel in apple-shaped spaceships to abduct children from the neighboring world of Kidland. Prisoners 999 and 1001 are co…


  • booksreddit.com:Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3)

    Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3)

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    Albums by female artists
    Non-fans regard Céline Dion as ersatz and plastic, yet to those who love her, no one could be more real, with her impoverished childhood, her (creepy) manager-husband’s struggle with cancer, her knack for howling out raw emotion. There’s nothing cool about Céline Dion, and nothing clever. That’s part of her appeal as an object of love or hatred ― with most critics and committed music fans taking pleasure (or at least geeky solace) in their lofty contempt. This book documents Carl Wilson’s bra…


  • booksreddit.com:The Atlas of Middle-Earth (Revised Edition)

    The Atlas of Middle-Earth (Revised Edition)

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    Karen Wynn Fonstad’s THE ATLAS OF MIDDLE-EARTH is an essential volume that will enchant all Tolkien fans. Here is the definitive guide to the geography of Middle-earth, from its founding in the Elder Days through the Third Age, including the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo, and the Fellowship of the Ring. Authentic and updated — nearly one third of the maps are new, and the text is fully revised — the atlas illuminates the enchanted world created in THE SILMARILLION, THE HOBBIT, and THE LORD OF TH…


  • booksreddit.com:Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization

    Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization

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    Explain how there’s any debate over the exact frequencies of notes like IAMA math nerd who thinks you’re all chumps if you’re not multiplying by the 12th root of 2.
    Few music lovers realize that the arrangement of notes on today’s pianos was once regarded as a crime against God and nature, or that such legendary thinkers as Pythagoras, Plato, da Vinci, Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Newton and Rousseau played a role in the controversy. Indeed, from the time of the Ancient Greeks through the eras of Renaissance scientists and Enlightenment philosophers, the relationship between the notes of the musical scale was seen as a key to the very nature of the unive…


  • booksreddit.com:The Hidden Treasures of Timbuktu: Rediscovering Africa's Literary Culture

    The Hidden Treasures of Timbuktu: Rediscovering Africa’s Literary Culture

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    The extraordinary manuscripts of Timbuktu: invaluable historical documents, objects of tremendous beauty, and a testament to a great center of learning and civilization.For centuries, trading caravans made epic journeys across the Saharan sands to reach the markets of the legendary city of Timbuktu, where they traded salt, gold, slaves, textiles―and books. By the mid-fifteenth century, Timbuktu had become a major center of Islamic literary culture and scholarship. The city’s libraries were re…


  • booksreddit.com:How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)

    How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)

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    Wanted to share what blew my mind in Physics of Music class today. I present: Just, Mean, and Pythagorean Scales.
    “A fascinating and genuinely accessible guide….Educating, enjoyable, and delightfully unscary.”―Classical Music What if Bach and Mozart heard richer, more dramatic chords than we hear in music today? What sonorities and moods have we lost in playing music in “equal temperament”―the equal division of the octave into twelve notes that has become our standard tuning method? Thanks to How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony, “we may soon be able to hear for ourselves what Beethoven really meant wh…


  • booksreddit.com:Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization

    Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization

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    What does /r/blackladies think about this? Out of curiosity, is it considered appropriation when other minorities from other countries do this?
    In this lively ethnography Ian Condry interprets Japan’s vibrant hip-hop scene, explaining how a music and culture that originated halfway around the world is appropriated and remade in Tokyo clubs and recording studios. Illuminating different aspects of Japanese hip-hop, Condry chronicles how self-described “yellow B-Boys” express their devotion to “black culture,” how they combine the figure of the samurai with American rapping techniques and gangsta imagery, and how underground artists com…


  • booksreddit.com:Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre

    Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of …

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    Daily Discussion Thread 07/27/2016
    “Raw, authoritative, and unflinching … An elaborately detailed, darkly surprising, definitive history of the LA gangsta rap era.”—Kirkus, starred reviewA monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and police brutality, a group of unlikely voices cut through the chaos of late 1980s Los Angeles: N.W.A. Led by a drug …


  • booksreddit.com:Concise History of Western Music (Fourth Edition)

    Concise History of Western Music (Fourth Edition)

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    Why do i feel there are no great composers in the 21st century? (or late 20th)
    The most engaging and accessible brief survey of Western music history, at the best value on the market. Based on A History of Western Music, by J. Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout, and Claude V. Palisca, Concise History of Western Music, Fourth Edition, offers authoritative coverage of the essential works and genres in Western music history. By setting musical events into a memorable historical and cultural context, Concise History of Western Music provides a history students will read and…


  • booksreddit.com:Ass Goblins of Auschwitz

    Ass Goblins of Auschwitz

    494

    AS SEEN ON COMEDY CENTRAL’S @MIDNIGHT!  It’s Monty Python meets Nazi exploitation in a surreal nightmare as can only be imagined by Bizarro author Cameron Pierce. In a land where black snow falls in the shape of swastikas, there exists a nightmarish prison camp known as Auschwitz. It is run by a fascist, flatulent race of aliens called the Ass Goblins, who travel in apple-shaped spaceships to abduct children from the neighboring world of Kidland. Prisoners 999 and 1001 are co…


  • booksreddit.com:The Annotated Brothers Grimm (The Bicentennial Edition)

    The Annotated Brothers Grimm (The Bicentennial Edition)

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    Celebrate the 200th birthday of the Brothers Grimm stories with this lavish volume now richly expanded for a new generation. Publication of the Grimms’ Children’s Stories and Household Tales in 1812 brought the great European oral folk tradition into print for the first time. The Annotated Brothers Grimm returns in a deluxe and augmented 200th-anniversary edition commemorating that landmark event. Adding to such favorites as “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Snow White,” and “Rapunzel,…


  • booksreddit.com:Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal

    Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal

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    What are some good books on the history of Metal?
    The definitive oral history of heavy metal, Louder Than Hell by renowned music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman includes hundreds of interviews with the giants of the movement, conducted over the past 25 years.Unlike many forms of popular music, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime for the true aficionados; it’s a lifestyle and obsession that permeates every aspect of their being. Louder Than Hell is an examin…