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Mel Bay's Modern 5-String Banjo Method: Grade 1
Mel Bay's Modern 5-String Banjo Method
Grade 1
Paperback      ISBN: 0786677686
The Christmas Songbook: Easy Piano
The Christmas Songbook
Easy Piano
Paperback      ISBN: 0739047361

The Christmas Songbook is the perfect choice for a holiday sing-along. These 50 festive arrangements include lyrics, are easily playable and the keys are singable. Titles are: Angels We Have Heard on High * The Annual Animal Christmas Ball * Away in a Manger * Believe * A Big Red Christmas Bow * Christmas Auld Lang Syne * Christmas Mem'ries * The Christmas Waltz * The Coventry Carol * Deck the Hall * The First Noel * Frosty the Snowman * The Gift * God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen * Good King Wenceslas * Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer * Grown-Up Christmas List * Hark the Herald Angels Sing * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays * I Saw Three Ships * I'll Be Home for Christmas * It Came Upon the Midnight Clear * It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year * Jingle Bell Rock * Jingle Bells * Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow * The Little Drummer Boy * Mistletoe and Holly * Nuttin' for Christmas * O Christmas Tree * O Come, All Ye Faithful * O Come, O Come, Emmanuel * O Holy Night * O Little Town of Bethlehem * Ol' Kris Kringle * Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town * Sending You a Little Christmas * Silent Night * Sleigh Ride * There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas * These Are the Special Times * Thirty-Two Feet and Eight Little Tails * Toyland * The Twelve Days of Christmas * Up on the Housetop * We Three Kings of Orient Are * We Wish You a Merry Christmas * What Child Is This? (Greensleeves) * Winter Wonderland * You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. 144 pages.

The Life and Legend of Leadbelly
The Life and Legend of Leadbelly
Paperback      ISBN: 0060924683

A biography of the legendary folk and blues singer discusses his influences, his close relationships with folk greats Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and his involvement in left-wing politics and the labor movement

Mel Bay Presents Songs of Ireland
Mel Bay Presents Songs of Ireland
Paperback      ISBN: 1562221132
Folk Songs for Solo Singers: Medium Low
Folk Songs for Solo Singers
Medium Low
Paperback      ISBN: 0882848771

Selected for contests and adjudications around the country, this incredible volume includes 11 favorite folk songs expertly crafted for solo voice and piano. Arranged by Alfred Music's finest writers, such as Philip Kern, Jay Althouse, Don Besig, Ruth Elaine Schram, and Carl Strommen. Titles: Amazing Grace * Danny Boy * 'Liza Jane * Greensleeves * Farewell, Lad (Ad u, Donzellet) * To the Sky * Scarborough Fair * She's Like the Swallow * Angels Through the Night (All Through the Night/All Night, All Day) * Homeward Bound * 'Cross the Wide Missouri. This title is available in SmartMusic.

Side Splitters: A Mammoth Rib-tickling Collection of More Than 125 Funny Songs
Side Splitters
A Mammoth Rib-tickling Collection of More Than 125 Funny Songs
Paperback      ISBN: 0786675551
The Bill Monroe Reader
The Bill Monroe Reader
Paperback      ISBN: 0252073991

Wide-ranging perspectives on the bluegrass music legend

Determined to play the mandolin in a way it had never been played before, Bill Monroe distinguished himself in the mid-1930s with the Monroe Brothers, then began forming his own band, the Blue Grass Boys, in 1938. By the mid-1940s other bands had begun copying his sound, and a new style, bluegrass music, was born. While country music moved toward electrification, Monroe maintained his acoustic ensemble and developed his "high, lonesome sound," performing nearly up to his death in 1996.

Lively, heartfelt, and informative, The Bill Monroe Reader is a fitting tribute to the man and the musician who transformed the traditional music of western Kentucky into an international sensation. In this eclectic and richly illustrated reader, former Blue Grass Boy Tom Ewing gathers the most significant and illuminating of the many articles that have been written about Monroe. Through the writings of nearly sixty observers, interviewers, admirers, folklorists, and other scholars, along with Ewing's own astute commentary, The Bill Monroe Reader offers a multifaceted view of one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century.

Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline
Patsy
The Life and Times of Patsy Cline
Paperback      ISBN: 0060922117
Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades : A Biography
Bob Dylan
Behind the Shades : A Biography
Paperback      ISBN: 0671791559

Chronicles the life and thirty-year music career of Bob Dylan, from his early protest songs through his near-fatal motorcycle accident, his divorce, and his religious conversion, to his recent rock comeback

If You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me: The African American Sacred Song Tradition
If You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me
The African American Sacred Song Tradition
Paperback      ISBN: 0803289839

How do you survive leaving everything you know to try to reconstruct your life and future in a new way? What do you carry with you on your journey to the new place? Migration looms large as a theme in twentieth-century African American life. Bernice Johnson Reagon uses this theme as a centering structure for four essays that examine different genres of African American sacred music as they manifested themselves throughout the twentieth century and within her own life. The first essay examines the evolution of gospel music by looking at the work of Charles Albert Tindley, Thomas Andrew Dorsey, Reverend Smallwood Williams, Roberta Martin, Pearl William Jones, and Richard Smallwood. In the next essay Reagon relates the story of Deacon William Reardon and the prayer bands that carried the tradition of South Carolina spirituals through the twentieth century in the communities of Washington DC, and Baltimore. The concert spiritual tradition is the subject of the third essay, and the final essay explores how stories about African American women of the nineteenth century became a source of strength for Reagon in her development as an African American woman, singer, fighter, and scholar.