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The encyclopedia of native music : more than a century of recordings from wax cylinder to the Internet / Brian Wright-McLeod ; illustrated with photographs and album covers.

By: Wright-McLeod, Brian, 1958-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2005Description: x, 450 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.ISBN: 0816524475 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780816524471 (cloth : alk. paper); 0816524483 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780816524488 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Indians of North America -- Music -- Discography | Indian musicians -- Biography -- Dictionaries | Indians of North America -- Music -- History and criticismAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Encyclopedia of native music.DDC classification: 016.78162/97/00266
Contents:
Arctic/Circumpolar Region -- Chicken Scratch -- Contemporary Music -- Flute Music -- Peyote Ritual Music -- Powwow Music -- Traditional/Archival Music.
Review: "The Encyclopedia of Native Music recognizes the multifaceted contributions made by Native recording artists by tracing the history of their commercially released music. It provides an overview of the surprising abundance of recorded Native music while underlining its historical value, organized by genre for quick reference." "With almost 1,800 entries spanning over 100 years, this book leads readers from early performers of traditional songs like William Horncloud to artists of the new millennium such as Zotigh. Along the way, it includes entries for jazz and blues artists never widely acknowledged for their Native roots - Oscar Pettiford, Mildred Bailey, and Keely Smith - and traces the recording histories of contemporary performers like Rita Coolidge and Jimmy Carl Black, "the Indian of the group" in the original Mothers of Invention. It also includes film soundtracks and compilation albums that have been instrumental in bringing many artists to popular attention. In addition to music, it lists spoken word recordings including audio books, comedy, interviews, poetry, and more."--Jacket.
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Includes discographies, bibliographical references (p. 441-442), and index.

Arctic/Circumpolar Region -- Chicken Scratch -- Contemporary Music -- Flute Music -- Peyote Ritual Music -- Powwow Music -- Traditional/Archival Music.

"The Encyclopedia of Native Music recognizes the multifaceted contributions made by Native recording artists by tracing the history of their commercially released music. It provides an overview of the surprising abundance of recorded Native music while underlining its historical value, organized by genre for quick reference." "With almost 1,800 entries spanning over 100 years, this book leads readers from early performers of traditional songs like William Horncloud to artists of the new millennium such as Zotigh. Along the way, it includes entries for jazz and blues artists never widely acknowledged for their Native roots - Oscar Pettiford, Mildred Bailey, and Keely Smith - and traces the recording histories of contemporary performers like Rita Coolidge and Jimmy Carl Black, "the Indian of the group" in the original Mothers of Invention. It also includes film soundtracks and compilation albums that have been instrumental in bringing many artists to popular attention. In addition to music, it lists spoken word recordings including audio books, comedy, interviews, poetry, and more."--Jacket.

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Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Canadian music journalist and radio producer/host Wright-McLeod has compiled an essential reference work on the subject of Native American music recordings measuring its influence on the entire spectrum of North American music, not excepting classical. Though the core of the book consists of reservation-based artists, there is also much information on mainstream artists (e.g., Buffy Sainte-Marie, Rita Coolidge). The book is organized into sections like "Arctic/Circumpolar Region," "Chicken Scratch," and "Powwow Music." Entries typically include Native affiliation, music genre, biography/ description, discography, and a list of appearances; compilations are briefly described and often include the lineup of artists. Discographies are bound to go out of date soon, but future editions are promised, and the author solicits additional information from readers to inform these editions. Bottom Line While several books tackle this subject from a more academic perspective (see the section on "Music of the American Indians/First Nations in the United States and Canada" in The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: The United States and Canada), this book is unique in focusing on recordings alone and in attempting to present the widest possible array of Native artists. Highly recommended.--Bruce R. Schueneman, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Kingsville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

CHOICE Review

Wright-McLeod (producer/host of Renegade Radio, Canada) provides a comprehensive catalog of recordings ranging from wax cylinder to the Internet. Developed from playlists and research compiled by the author since 1985 to support several Native radio programs, this encyclopedia is intended to be definitive yet with room for future expansion. Wright-McLeod has focused on cataloging the "music of indigenous peoples rather than providing a massive overview of American-based folk music derived from Native origins." The wide coverage includes mainstream artists of popular genres, folk artists, and activist-musicians who embrace the cultural and political identity of their indigenous roots. Close attention is given to musicians from reservations who have been commercially recorded. The book is organized into sections by genre and traditional forms (flute, peyote, powwow, archival). Tribal affiliations are included when possible. The very detailed introduction explains the author's intentions and restrictions carefully. The book is divided into many subsections, with cross-referencing to assist navigation; however, some confusion still occurs. A very limited bibliography is included; the index lists performers' names but not nations. A good companion to Richard Keeling's North American Indian Music (CH, Oct'97, 35-0653). ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students; general readers. A. Patrice California State University--Sacramento

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Brian Wright-McLeod (Dakota-Anishnabe) began working as a music journalist in 1979. His column "Dirty Words and Thoughts about Music" appears bimonthly in News from Indian Country. His activist work in Native rights took him to the airwaves on CKLN 88.1 FM in Toronto in 1985, where he continues to produce and host Renegade Radio, a live two-hour weekly music and issues program.

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