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World Music (Africa, Europe and the Middle East): The Rough Guide Volume 1: Europe, Africa and the Middle East v. 1 Paperback – 25 Nov 1999

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2nd Revised edition edition (25 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858286352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858286358
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once you start flipping through World Music, there's no stopping. Unlike other genres, world music spans so huge a territory that there are surprises and new pleasures for everyone. The table of contents sets the tone. Laid out as a map of the world, the chapters are located directly on the map. This is followed, however, by a traditional table of contents, laid out in linear one to 13 format for those who don't go for the visual approach. However you choose your dive-in point, you won't be disappointed. A tremendous amount of work has gone into this guide, covering a remarkable number of sub-genres and groups. Search for a group you've heard of, read up on a specific genre like klezmer or flamenco, get CD recommendations or troll for new finds like Altan, the Irish band of the 1990s, and Ibrahim Tatlises, the premier Kurdish performer. There's a wealth of sounds out there that Rough Guide makes accessible and with this exclusive book and CD package, you won't have to shift far from your front room to find them. --Stephanie Gold --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"A great reference book . . . reading it feels like a treasure hunt for good grooves"STRAIGHT NO CHASER

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Aug. 2000
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Along with The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD by Richard Cook & Brian Morton, the original edition of this has acted as my Bible over the last 5 years or so, costing me a small fortune in recordings that I didn't know I needed along the way! So, here is the new edition - expanded, updated and now in two volumes. In keeping with the original edition, the people at Rough Guide have commissioned a wide variety of writers to contribute individual chapters on their own particular area of expertise, resulting in a truly authoritative body of work. The first volume which is now in the shops covers Africa, Europe and the Middle East, with Volume II (Americas, Asia and the Pacific) following later in the year. It is a sign of how interest in World Music has grown over the last few years that each individual volume is now larger than the original book. As a result, even if you already own the original, the fact is that you are going to have to buy the new version as well, because there is so much new information. The huge growth in the availability of CD's from various parts of the globe is one of the reasons for this, but the new volume also covers areas which the original did not touch.
Inevitably there is (quite literally) a price to pay for this growth. One of the frustrations for myself, is that my main interest lies in African and Latin music. Unfortunately, while African music is contained in Volume I along with European music, which is not one of my major passions, Latin music is contained in Volume II. Similarly when looking at Klezmer music, for example, the Eastern European areas from which it is derived are in Volume I, but you will have to wait until Volume II to find out about developments on the New York scene.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By seanpar@madasafish.com on 21 Dec. 1999
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I've just purchased this brilliant book. It's a vast improvement on it's predecessor,as it is a lot more comprehensive, with vitually every country in Africa ,Europe and the Middle Easy, represented. All in all, if you like World Music, this is an essential buy
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I must admit that I was not aware of the existence of this awesome reference book on World Music - when I wrote my own understanding of music from across the globe. On reading Andy Kershaw's front cover quote: "A work of lunatic scholarship" reminded me of the 1981 Fun-Boy Three hit single: "Lunatics have taken over the asylum"!

More seriously, as my main interests are contained in Volume 2 in terms of Music from Asia, luckily, the section on Europe included a sub-section on: "England/UK - Bhangra/Asian Beat: One way ticket to British Asia" by DJ Ritu on p83-90 was a bonus for me, as being my main area of interest.

Initially, I was also looking out for the mention of the first Asian presence in mainstream charts with "Ever so lonely" by Monsoon & sung by Sheila Chandra who appeared on BBC TV Chart show Top of the Pops in 1982 and this historical event is referred to in the book: Dis-Orienting Rhythms (The politics of New Asian Music) by Sanjay Sharma, as well Apart from this the success other most recent success was by Apache Indian when he reached No 5 in the British Charts with "Boom-Shak-a-lak" in 1993!

Other Asian artists who are mentioned in the section on England/UK Bhangra/Asian Beat include some familiar names I have not hear for while like Najma Akhtar and whose Ghazal & Jazz album - "Qareeb" one of my favourites. Groups & artists like Cornershop, Nithin Sawney, Talwin Singh, Sangeeta, Joi & groups like Sohtas, Safri Brothers to name a few, are all there.
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Fascinating book if you like this music - the cross pollination of ideas and styles is well charted
and many of the characters have certainly lived!
a great source book for further investigation !
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The only problem is you can't put the book downonce you start using it. Great tool for anyone with an interest in world music
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