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Wald, Elijah

Overview
Works: 44 works in 229 publications in 5 languages and 15,688 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Interviews  Humor  Autobiographies  Drama  Music  History  Historical films  Musical films 
Roles: Author, Writer of accompanying material, Consultant, Teacher , Editor, Contributor
Classifications: ML3477, 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( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,582 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]
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 )

27 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and French and held by 1,471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is human behavior genetic? Do we inherit our intelligence, our sexuality, our predispositions to illness or depression, or our particular talents through our genes? Newspaper headlines today tout genetic explanations of everything from cancer to alcoholism and criminality. But as Exploding the Gene Myth demonstrates, such explanations are nearly always exaggerated or unfounded, ignoring the complex interactions of genes with environment at every level. Like the eugenic theories of seventy-five years ago, the new genetic determinism serves a conservative social agenda, reflecting our society's eagerness to blame ill health and misfortune on individuals rather than on social and environmental conditions
Escaping the delta : Robert Johnson and the invention of the blues by Elijah Wald( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,392 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
The mayor of MacDougal Street : a memoir by Dave Van Ronk( Book )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 721 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 )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 646 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
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 486 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 blues : a very short introduction by Elijah Wald( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 472 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
Josh White : society blues by Elijah Wald( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 446 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
The dozens : a history of rap's mama by Elijah Wald( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 390 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
The Mississippi, river of song : a musical journey down the Mississippi( Recording )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 356 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
Global minstrels : voices of world music by Elijah Wald( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 260 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
Talking 'bout your mama : the dozens, snaps, and the deep roots of rap by Elijah Wald( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 170 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( Visual )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 153 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
Al otro lado = To the other side 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."
The mayor of MacDougal Street : a memoir by Dave Van Ronk( )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 89 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
Inside Llewyn Davis by Ethan Coen( Book )

2 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joel and Ethan Coen's award-winning drama follows a week in the life of a struggling young singer-songwriter as he tries to make it big in New York's folk scene of the early 1960s. In the midst of a relentless New York winter, with no job, no money and nowhere to stay, down-on-his-luck musician Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) spends his days flicking through his address book trying to find a bed, or a floor, for the night. If things weren't bad enough, his musical partner has ended it all by jumping off of a bridge, and his lover Jean (Carey Mulligan), who just happens to be the wife of his best friend Jim (Justin Timberlake), has told him that she's pregnant and wants an abortion. In a last ditch bid to shed his hand-to-mouth existence, Davis, with his ever-present pet cat in tow, sets out on a road trip to Chicago in the hope of resurrecting his music career by impressing local promoter Bud Grossman (F. Murray Abraham)
Narcocorrido by Elijah Wald( Recording )

1 edition published in 2002 in Spanish and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Esta libro en audiocintas traza el desarrollo de los corridos desde sus origenes en el Oeste hasta su más reciente encarnación en el Pacífico mexicano, la cuna del tráfico de drogas mexicano. Sigue su expansión hasta Los Angeles, California, en donde canciones sobre narcopistoleros coinciden con baladas sobre los guerrilleros en las montañas. Wald viaja a Ciudad de México para encontrarse con el jugla viajero de la rebelión zapatista, y continúa hasta Cuernavaca para encontrarse con Teodoro Bello, el genio iletrado que se ha convetido en un compositor de gran éxito
Der Blues : eine kleine Einführung by Elijah Wald( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in German and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vom Mississippi zum Mainstream : Robert Johnson und die Erfindung des Blues by Elijah Wald( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in German and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das kurze Leben der Blues-Ikone Robert Johnson ist legendenumwoben: Wie konnte ein mittelmäßiger Gitarrenspieler aus Hazelhurst, Mississippi, innerhalb kürzester Zeit zu einem magischen Virtuosen seiner Kunst werden? Warum wurde Johnson zu Lebzeiten völlig ignoriert und später zum König des Blues erkoren? Die Legenden, die sich um ihn ranken, hat er selbst befördert. Sein Gitarrenspiel habe er dem Teufel zu verdanken, dem er im Gegenzug seine Seele verkauft habe. Eine Kreuzung in Clarkesdale, Mississippi, zeugt noch heute von der Stelle, wo dieser denkwürdige Handel stattgefunden haben soll. R
Riding with strangers : a hitchhiker's journey by Elijah Wald( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale of the author's cross-country hitchhiking journey which looks into the pleasures and challenges of the open road
 
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How the Beatles destroyed rock 'n' roll : an alternative history of American popular music
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

ウォールド, イライジャ

Languages
English (163)

German (7)

French (4)

Italian (4)

Spanish (4)

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Exploding 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 bluesThe mayor of MacDougal Street : a memoirNarcocorrido : a journey into the music of drugs, guns, and guerrillasRiver of song : a musical journey down the MississippiThe blues : a very short introductionJosh White : society bluesGlobal minstrels : voices of world musicRiding with strangers : a hitchhiker's journey