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Author: Ted Gioia Narrator: Jamie Renell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Audio Length: Release Date: October 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549150562

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A preeminent music historian and critic presents a global history of music from the bottom up

Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories of the outsiders and rebels who created musical revolutions and instead celebrate the mainstream assimilators who borrowed innovations, diluted their impact, and disguised their sources. In Music: A Subversive History, historian Ted Gioia reclaims the story of music for the riffraff, insurgents, and provocateurs.

Gioia tells a four-thousand-year history of music as a global source of power, change, and upheaval. He shows how social outcasts have repeatedly become trailblazers of musical expression: slaves and their descendants, for instance, have repeatedly reinvented music, from ancient times all the way to the jazz, reggae, and hip-hop sounds of the current day.

Music: A Subversive History is essential reading for anyone interested in the meaning of music, from Sappho to the Sex Pistols to Spotify.

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  • “Gioia’s sprawling and deeply interesting history of music defies all stereotypes.”

    - Samuel Mehr, director, the Music Lab, Harvard University

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About the Author

Ted Gioia is a music historian and the author of eleven books, including How to Listen to Jazz. His three previous books on the social history of music—Work Songs, Healing Songs, and Love Songs—have all been honored with ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards. His wide-ranging activities as a critic, scholar, performer, and educator have established him as a leading global guide to music past, present, and future.

About the Narrator

Jamie Renell is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.