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Wald, Elijah

Overview
Works: 40 works in 166 publications in 4 languages and 11,758 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Interviews  Humor  Blues (Music)  Music  Manuscripts 
Roles: Writer of accompanying material, Consultant, Teacher
Classifications: ML3477, B
Publication Timeline
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How the Beatles destroyed rock 'n' roll : an alternative history of American popular music by Elijah Wald ( Book )
15 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 2,560 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 )
20 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and French and held by 1,583 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 )
15 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,406 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 blues a very short introduction by Elijah Wald ( )
10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 843 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
The mayor of MacDougal Street : a memoir by Dave Van Ronk ( Book )
15 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 734 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."
Global minstrels voices of world music by Elijah Wald ( )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 581 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
Narcocorrido : a journey into the music of drugs, guns, and guerrillas by Elijah Wald ( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 525 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 518 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
Josh White : society blues by Elijah Wald ( Book )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 483 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."--BOOK JACKET
The dozens : a history of rap's mama by Elijah Wald ( Book )
7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 425 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." -- from publisher's website
The Mississippi, river of song a musical journey down the Mississippi ( Recording )
3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 311 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
Narcocorrido : un viaje al mundo de la música de las drogas, armas y guerrilleros by Elijah Wald ( Book )
3 editions published in 2001 in Spanish and English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The mayor of MacDougal Street a memoir by Dave Van Ronk ( Recording )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 69 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
Narcocorrido by Elijah Wald ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2002 in Spanish and held by 45 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
The mayor of MacDougal Street : a memoir of the '60s folk revival by Dave Van Ronk ( Book )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Poor Bob's blues by Robert Pete Williams ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Vom Mississippi zum Mainstream : Robert Johnson und die Erfindung des Blues by Elijah Wald ( Book )
3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in German and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Der Blues : eine kleine Einführung by Elijah Wald ( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in German and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
El Mito del gen : cómo se manipula la información genética by Ruth Hubbard ( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in Spanish and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Making of the Sound of Music by Elijah Wald ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As the fastest growing sector of the U.S. music market, world music has embedded itself in the fabric of American life. Artists such as Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon and the Talking Heads have all utilized characteristics of the "world" sound in their music, while international performers are enjoying unexpected fame in the U.S. At the same time, in an era of unprecedented immigration and globalization, people all over the world are using music as way to preserve their local and ethnic identity.Global Minstrels: Voices of World Music is an accessible introduction to international music and culture
 
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Alternative Names
ウォールド, イライジャ
Languages
English (133)
Spanish (5)
German (4)
French (1)
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