Music and Sound Studies Syllabus

This syllabus features significant books from our Music and Sound Studies e-book collection that push at the edges of how music is discussed. The ethnomusicology titles on this list find new links between music and culture, while the sound studies titles establish a new framework for theorizing the larger context of how we listen. Addressing musical cultures from around the world, these books consider music and sound broadly, taking into account social, cultural, physiological, and technological dimensions. Duke University Press also publishes two music-related journals (not included in the collection): the Journal of Music Theory and Black Sacred Music, offered as an archival collection of 9 volumes.

Sound: An Acoulogical Treatise

Michel Chion
1998/2016

Sound and Sentiment: Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression, 3rd edition

Steven Feld
1982/2012

Real Country: Music and Language in Working-Class Culture

Aaron A. Fox
2004

Love Saves the Day: History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970–1979

Tim Lawrence
2003

Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race

Maureen Mahon
2004

Real Men Don’t Sing: Crooning in American Culture

Allison McCracken
2015

Sound of Africa! Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio

Louise Meintjes
2003

Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow

Karl Hagstrom Miller
2010

Keywords in Sound

David Novak and Matt Sakakeeny, editors
2015

Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop

Imani Perry
2004

Remixing Reggaetón: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto Rico

Petra R. Rivera-Rideau
2015

Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound

Tara Rodgers
2010

The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction

Jonathan Sterne
2003

Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader

Greg Tate
2016

Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s

Sherrie Tucker
2001

African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston

Randy Weston
2010

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