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Wald, Elijah

Overview
Works: 54 works in 269 publications in 5 languages and 16,910 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Drama  Historical films  Musical films  Biographies  Interviews  History  Humor  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Writer of accompanying material, con, Consultant, Teacher , Editor, Contributor
Classifications: PN1997.2, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Elijah Wald
 
Most widely held works by Elijah Wald
How the Beatles destroyed rock 'n' roll : an alternative history of American popular music by Elijah Wald( )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 3,130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There are no definitive histories," writes Elijah Wald, in this provocative reassessment of American popular music, "because the past keeps looking different as the present changes." Earlier musical styles sound different to us today because we hear them through the musical filter of other styles that came after them, all the way through funk and hiphop. As its blasphemous title suggests, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll rejects the conventional pieties of mainstream jazz and rock history. Rather than concentrating on those traditionally favored styles, the book traces the evolution of popular music through developing tastes, trends and technologies--including the role of records, radio, jukeboxes and television --to give a fuller, more balanced account of the broad variety of music that captivated listeners over the course of the twentieth century. Wald revisits original sources--recordings, period articles, memoirs, and interviews--to highlight how music was actually heard and experienced over the years. And in a refreshing departure from more typical histories, he focuses on the world of working musicians and ordinary listeners rather than stars and specialists. He looks for example at the evolution of jazz as dance music, and rock 'n' roll through the eyes of the screaming, twisting teenage girls who made up the bulk of its early audience. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and the Beatles are all here, but Wald also discusses less familiar names like Paul Whiteman, Guy Lombardo, Mitch Miller, Jo Stafford, Frankie Avalon, and the Shirelles, who in some cases were far more popular than those bright stars we all know today, and who more accurately represent the mainstream of their times. Written with verve and style, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll shakes up our staid notions of music history and helps us hear American popular music with new ears [Publisher description]
The blues : a very short introduction by Elijah Wald( )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 2,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Blues, Wald surveys a genre at the heart of American culture. Wald sees blues less as a style than as a broad musical tradition within a constantly evolving pop culture. He traces its roots in work and praisse songs and shows how it was transformed by such professional performers as W.C. Hardy, who first popularized the blues a century ago. He follows its evolution from Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith through Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix; identifies the impace of rural field recordings of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, and others; explores the role of blues in the development of both country music and jazz; and looks at the popular rhythm and blues trends of the 1940s and 1950s, from the uptown West Coast style of T-Bone Walker to the "down home" Chicago sound of Muddy Waters. Wald brings the story up to the present, touching on the effects of blues on American poetry and its connection to modern styles such as rap."--Front flap
Exploding the gene myth : how genetic information is produced and manipulated by scientists, physicians, employers, insurance companies, educators, and law enforcers by Ruth Hubbard( Book )

28 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and French and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploding the Gene Myth explains in clear, accessible language how genes really work. Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald then evaluate the tremendous impact of genetic information on how we are treated by doctors and health insurance companies, by schools, by the criminal justice system, and by potential employers. The authors are especially critical of the multi-billion-dollar Human Genome Initiative, the huge research project to map every gene on the DNA of a prototypical human being. Hubbard and Wald deflate the grandiose promises of therapeutic benefits that are supposed to emerge from the project. They point instead to the real threats to privacy and civil liberties already resulting from the unregulated increase in genetic predictions
Escaping the delta : Robert Johnson and the invention of the blues by Elijah Wald( Book )

26 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Johnson's story presents a fascinating paradox: Why did this genius of the Delta blues excite so little interest when his records were first released in the 1930s? And how did this brilliant but obscure musician come to be hailed long after his death as the most important artist in early blues and a founding father of rock 'n' roll? Elijah Wald provides the first thorough examination of Johnson's work and makes it the centerpiece for a fresh look at the entire history of the blues. He traces the music's rural folk roots but focuses on its evolution as a hot, hip African-American pop style, placing the great blues stars in their proper place as innovative popular artists during one of the most exciting periods in American music. He then goes on to explore how the image of the blues was reshaped by a world of generally white fans, with very different standards and dreams. The result is a view of the blues from the inside, based not only on recordings but also on the recollections of the musicians themselves, the African-American press, and original research. Wald presents previously unpublished studies of what people on Delta plantations were actually listening to during the blues era, showing the larger world in which Johnson's music was conceived. What emerges is a new respect and appreciation for the creators of what many consider to be America's deepest and most influential music. Wald also discusses how later fans formed a new view of the blues as haunting Delta folklore. While trying to separate fantasy from reality, he accepts that neither the simple history nor the romantic legend is the whole story. Each has its own fascinating history, and it is these twin histories that inform this book
Josh White : society blues by Elijah Wald( )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this biography, Elijah Wald traces White's journey from a childhood leading blind singers on the streets of Greenville, South Carolina, to the heights of Manhattan cafe society. He explores the complexities of White's music, his struggles with discrimination and stereotypes, his political involvements, and his sometimes raucous personal life."--Jacket
Dylan goes electric! : Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the night that split the sixties by Elijah Wald( Book )

17 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and French and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the music world's preeminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event's fiftieth anniversary. On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, Like a Rolling Stone. The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world-- Dylan's declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation-- and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music. In Dylan Goes Electric!, Elijah Wald explores the cultural, political, and historical context of this seminal event that embodies the transformative decade that was the Sixties. Wald delves deep into the folk revival, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and groundbreaking music to provide new insights into Dylan's artistic evolution, his special affinity to blues, his complex relationship to the folk establishment and his sometime-mentor Pete Seeger, and the ways he reshaped popular music forever. Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, analysis of why it matters
The mayor of MacDougal Street : a memoir by Dave Van Ronk( Book )

24 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of the '60s, he was also a marvelous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures on the Village scene. Holding court in legendary venues like Gerde's Folk City and the Gaslight Cafe, Van Ronk wielded an influence so great that a stretch of Sheridan Square - the heart of the Village - was later renamed Dave Van Ronk Street."
Narcocorrido : a journey into the music of drugs, guns, and guerrillas by Elijah Wald( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a close-up look at the popular Latin music trend of narcocorridos, a musical form that reflects the history, culture and feelings of people with ties to the dangerous world of cross-border drug traffickers
Global minstrels : voices of world music by Elijah Wald( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Global Minstrels' introduces today's leading performers from around the world. Including conversations with dozens of artists from five continents, the text explores the breadth of the world music experience through the voices of the musicians themselves
American epic : when music gave America her voice by Bernard MacMahon( Book )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1920s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. The recordings they made of the ethnic groups of America helped democratize the nation and gave a voice to all its people: a woman picking cotton in Mississippi, a coal miner in Virginia, or a tobacco farmer in Tennessee could have his or her thoughts and feelings heard on records played in living rooms across the country. These records blended the intertwining strands of Europe, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas and formed the bedrock for modern music as we know it. Today, virtually no documentation of these extraordinary events survives, and nearly 90 percent of the music masters have been destroyed. Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty spent years traveling around the U.S. on a mission to rescue this history, interviewing hundreds of families and scouring attics and basements, collecting vintage film footage and hundreds of photographs that haven't been seen in nearly a century. This written account continues the journey of the PBS television series and features additional stories, photographs, and artwork. It also contains contributions from many of the musicians who participated, including Taj Mahal, Nas, Willie Nelson, and Steve Martin, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible adventure across America in search of these recordings and eyewitness accounts
The dozens : a history of rap's mama by Elijah Wald( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At its simplest, the dozens is a comic concatenation of "yo' mama" jokes. At its most complex, it is a form of social interaction that reaches back to African ceremonial rituals. Whether considered vernacular poetry, verbal dueling, a test of street cool, or just a mess of dirty insults, the dozens has been a basic building block of African-American culture. A game which could inspire raucous laughter or escalate to violence, it provided a wellspring of rhymes, attitude, and raw humor that has influenced pop musicians from Jelly Roll Morton to Ice Cube. Wald explores the depth of the dozens' roots, looking at mother-insulting and verbal combat from Greenland to the sources of the Niger, and shows its breadth of influence in the seminal writings of Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston; the comedy of Richard Pryor and George Carlin; the dark humor of the blues; the hip slang and competitive jamming of jazz; and most recently in the improvisatory battling of rap. A forbidden language beneath the surface of American popular culture, the dozens links children's clapping rhymes to low-down juke joints and the most modern street verse to the earliest African American folklore."--Publisher's website
River of song : a musical journey down the Mississippi by Elijah Wald( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Companion to the major Smithsonian Institution series for public television and radio, River of Song explores the breadth and depth of American music at the close of the twentieth century - through narrative, photography and the words of the musicians themselves
The Mississippi, river of song : a musical journey down the Mississippi( Recording )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores contemporary American music through encounters with contemporary musicians who have forged their styles out of the rich musical heritage found along the banks of the Mississippi. The combination of musical diversity and striking continuity found in this remarkable region, which slices through the center of the United States, is reflected by a range of artists including Soul Asylum, John Hartford, Chippewa Nation, Babes in Toyland, and the Mississippi
Talking 'bout your mama : the dozens, snaps, and the deep roots of rap by Elijah Wald( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At its simplest, the dozens is a comic concatenation of "yo' mama" jokes. At its most complex, it is a form of social interaction that reaches back to African ceremonial rituals. Whether considered vernacular poetry, verbal dueling, a test of street cool, or just a mess of dirty insults, the dozens has been a basic building block of African-American culture. A game which could inspire raucous laughter or escalate to violence, it provided a wellspring of rhymes, attitude, and raw humor that has influenced pop musicians from Jelly Roll Morton to Ice Cube. Wald explores the depth of the dozens' roots, looking at mother-insulting and verbal combat from Greenland to the sources of the Niger, and shows its breadth of influence in the seminal writings of Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston; the comedy of Richard Pryor and George Carlin; the dark humor of the blues; the hip slang and competitive jamming of jazz; and most recently in the improvisatory battling of rap. A forbidden language beneath the surface of American popular culture, the dozens links children's clapping rhymes to low-down juke joints and the most modern street verse to the earliest African American folklore."--Publisher's website
Inside Llewyn Davis by Joel Coen( Visual )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. He is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, some of them of his own making
The mayor of MacDougal Street : a memoir by Dave Van Ronk( )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dave Van Ronk was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of the '60s, he was also a marvelous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures on the Village scene
Al otro lado by Gustavo Loza( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in Spanish and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Al Otro Lado the fantasy of the "American dream" and the economic crisis that drives thousands across the border looking for work has landed Magdiel at an impossible crossroads in his life. A fourth-generation fisherman with aspirations for a home of his own, a car and an education for his younger sister, he must pick a road if he is to realize his goals--to become a drug trafficker like many of his friends, or to cross the border illegally to the United States. Magdiel lives in Sinaloa, the drug capital of Mexico, where he can no longer subsist on the shrimp that have been depleted by global demands and poor fishing practices. He is also a self-taught composer. Reflecting the life around him, Magdiel sings of fishermen who have turned their pangas (fishing boats) into drug-running boats and made the treacherous journey to deliver the merchandise to the "gringos."
Inside Llewyn Davis by Ethan Coen( Book )

2 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The screenplay to the film Inside Llewyn Davis which follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961
A memoir by Dave Van Ronk( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American epic : the companion book to the PBS series by Bernard MacMahon( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1920s and 1930s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent; farmers, laborers, and ethnic minorities playing styles that blended the intertwining strands of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Fortunately, thanks to the continuing efforts of cultural detectives and record devotees, the stories of America's earliest musicians can finally be told. Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty spent years traveling around the US in search of recollections of those musical pioneers
 
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How the Beatles destroyed rock 'n' roll : an alternative history of American popular music
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The blues : a very short introductionExploding the gene myth : how genetic information is produced and manipulated by scientists, physicians, employers, insurance companies, educators, and law enforcersEscaping the delta : Robert Johnson and the invention of the bluesJosh White : society bluesThe mayor of MacDougal Street : a memoirNarcocorrido : a journey into the music of drugs, guns, and guerrillasGlobal minstrels : voices of world musicRiver of song : a musical journey down the Mississippi
Alternative Names
Elijah Wald American musician

Elijah Wald Amerikaans muzikant

Elijah Wald amerikansk historikar og musikar

Elijah Wald amerikansk historiker och musiker

Elijah Wald amerikansk historiker og musiker

Elijah Wald músico estadounidense

Elijah Wald US-amerikanischer Gitarrist und Musikwissenschaftler

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Languages
English (204)

German (6)

French (4)

Spanish (3)

Italian (2)