The United States and Canada, Volume 3, is the latest volume published by Garland as part of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. This impressive collection of books is so far the most comprehensive body of work focused on world music. Every volume is an extensive reference guide that includes definitions of music styles, ethnomusicological studies by ethnic group and geography, glossaries and bibliography.
The volume dedicated to the United States and Canada has 1378 pages and comes with an audio CD. It begins with a musical profile of the United States and Canada.
Part 2 ventures into the social and cultural contexts of music in North America, with articles about race and ethnicity, the influence of religious ideas and most music genres, ranging from bluegrass and indie pop to world beat and new age. Part 3 begins with the music of the indigenous peoples known as American Indians or First Nations, by regions.
The section dedicated to the United States has chapters dedicated to the music originated by African Americans, Caribbean and Spanish Americans, European Americans and Asian Americans. Section 3 focuses on Canada, describing the musical differences and influences by region. The final part of the book has a glossary as well as guides for publications, recordings and films/videos.
The brilliant project was edited by Ellen Koskoff. The book is published by Garland Publishing, a division of Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN 0-8240-4944-6.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.