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    Music on the Move

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    Danielle Fosler-Lussier, Ohio State University

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    ISBN 13: 9780472901289

    Publisher: University of Michigan Press

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Benjamin Bergey, Assistant Professor, Eastern Mennonite University on 8/20/21

    It depends on what subject this book is used or evaluated for comprehensiveness. As a book for an average World Music class, it would not be comprehensive enough. However, it is adequately comprehensive for its scope and thesis. It also would make... read more

    Reviewed by Ryan Bazinet, Adjunct Professor, Berkshire Community College on 6/25/21

    Assessing this text's comprehensiveness is a bit tricky, because of its theoretical underpinnings: it is a work rooted in globalization theory, with heavy attention to themes like cosmopolitanism, appropriation, assimilation, and nationalism.... read more

    Reviewed by Joice Gibson, Affiliate Faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 12/4/20, updated 2/26/21

    While it is impossible for any music textbook to cover all areas and ideas of any subject (unless that subject is very narrow), Music on the Move nonetheless provides a wide and varied coverage of music as a mobile art. The Table of Contents... read more

    Table of Contents

    Part I: Migration

    • Chapter 1 Colonialism in Indonesia: Music Moving with an Occupying Force
    • Chapter 2 The Romani Diaspora in Europe: Mutual Influences
    • Chapter 3 The African Diaspora in the United States: Appropriation and Assimilation

    Part 2: Mediation

    • Chapter 4 Sound Recording and the Mediation of Music
    • Chapter 5 Music and Media in the Service of the State

    Part 3: Mashup

    • Chapter 6 Composing the Mediated Self
    • Chapter 7 Copyright, Surveillance, and the Ownership of Music
    • Chapter 8 Localizations: Mediated Selves Mixing Musics

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    About the Book

    Music is a mobile art. When people move to faraway places, whether by choice or by force, they bring their music along. Music creates a meaningful point of contact for individuals and for groups; it can encourage curiosity and foster understanding; and it can preserve a sense of identity and comfort in an unfamiliar or hostile environment. As music crosses cultural, linguistic, and political boundaries, it continually changes. While human mobility and mediation have always shaped music-making, our current era of digital connectedness introduces new creative opportunities and inspiration even as it extends concerns about issues such as copyright infringement and cultural appropriation.

    With its innovative multimodal approach, Music on the Move invites readers to listen and engage with many different types of music as they read. The text introduces a variety of concepts related to music's travels—with or without its makers—including colonialism, migration, diaspora, mediation, propaganda, copyright, and hybridity. The case studies represent a variety of musical genres and styles, Western and non-Western, concert music, traditional music, and popular music. Highly accessible, jargon-free, and media-rich, Music on the Move is suitable for students as well as general-interest readers.

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    Danielle Fosler-Lussier, Ohio State University

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