The American Music Research Center Journal


Vol. 28, 2019

There's an Opera out on the Turnpike: Springsteen's Early Epics and the Fantasy of the Real
Bruce Springsteen first rose to prominence in the early- to mid-1970s. Critical and scholarly portraits often place him as something of a musical, lyrical, and cultural heir to "authentic" American singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.1...
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Black Prog: Soul, Funk, Intellect and the Progressive Side of Black Music of the 1970s
They tried to make Stan Kenton a "white hope," called modern jazz and my music "progressive," then tried to tell me I played progressive music. I said, "You're full of shit!" Stan Kenton? There ain't nothing about my music that's cold, cold like his.1We...
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American Progressives of the 1970s: A Colloquy
The articles of this colloquy originated from a panel presented at the 2nd International Conference of the Progect Network for the Study of Progressive Rock on 26 May 2016. In his pioneering study, Edward Macan defines progressive rock as a style based...
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The Suffolk Symphonic Orchestra and Society Papers
IntroductionThe Suffolk Symphonic Orchestra (SSO), later known as the Suffolk Symphony, enjoyed nearly twenty years as one of Long Island's premier orchestras. What began as an amateur, community-centered ensemble evolved into a sophisticated non-profit...
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Letters from Nadia Boulanger to Lydia Loudon in the Collection of the American Music Research Center
Introduction and BackgroundA collection of 253 letters and postcards written by Nadia Boulanger to Lydia Loudon came into the collections of the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado as part of the papers of Don Campbell, an internationally...
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Reading Carole King's Tapestry as a Penelopean Retelling of the Homeric Odyssey
After sweeping the 1972 Grammys with four awards, Carole King's second solo album, Tapestry (1971) went on to stand for some time as the best-selling work of its kind. The album also became a monument of second wave feminism, and many of the era, as...
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Vol. 27, 2018

The Project Description
Since its publication in 1964, Alan P. Merriam's The Anthropology of Music has remained a canonic piece of pedagogical literature for students of ethnomusicology. Therein, Merriam proposed a three-part model for theorizing musical meanings: "conceptualization...
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A Western Perspective on Music from Guanacaste, Costa Rica, and Cuban Batá Drumming
Latin and Caribbean musics have emerged recently as primary objects of study across several different academic disciplines. Studies of music in relation to gender, race, ethnicity, and theories of post-colonialism have helped ethnomusicologists make...
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Musical Dialogues: Arabesk and Hindi Film Music as Mediators of Aesthetic Discourses
The fusion between traditional, local musical practices and foreign influences in popular music has created new performance practices and aesthetics, some of which have opened paths to new discourses. In Turkey and India, non-indigenous influences came...
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Min'yo and Bluegrass: Finding Common Ground in Folk Traditions from Two Different Worlds
The United States has long been home to many genres of folk music, most being amalgamations of various folk traditions, whose practitioners trace their roots back to England, Europe, and Africa. On the other side of the world, Japan also has an established...
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"Lao Duang Duen" Lost in Translation: A New Perspective on the Southeast Asian Classical Arts
Thai classical arts are primarily performed in the royal courts of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, which form part of a larger Indianized-Mainland Southeast Asian cultural system. Though each culture within this system is unique, they have all...
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We Can Sing It without Doing It: Gender Contestation among Nigerian and South African Women in Music
IntroductionThe emergence of radio in the 1930s provided opportunities for sub-Saharan African women musicians to negotiate new professional spaces. The radio provided an outlet for the dissemination and popularization of indigenous music. Through music,...
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American music exists not only in the realm of sound, but as a cultural intellectual legacy of a discipline that was born in Europe in the late 19th century and blossomed in the United States to help shape music and humanities scholarship worldwide....
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Meaning, Melody, and YouTube in Irish and Tibetan Traditional Musics
Irish and Tibetan traditional musics have several commonalities. Both are innately tied to movement, and have distinctive rhythmic figures embodied in a sounded dance wherein the body becomes an expressive instrument for the enactment of rhythms that...
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North of "The West": Analytical Perspectives on Swedish Folk Music and Sámi Joik
The Swedish polska and the Sámi joik traditions are examples of geographically Western musics. However, the boundaries of "the West" as it is traditionally conceived in academia are ideological rather than geographic, and while the West appears frequently...
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Vol. 26, 2017

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSIn April 2016, I was honored to be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, which took place in a ceremony held in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University of Colorado Boulder. I was pleased to meet, at that event, Thomas Riis,...
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