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Encyclopedia > Rob Bowman (music writer)

Rob Bowman is a contemporary Canadian professor of ethnomusicology and a music writer. Ethnomusicology (from the Greek ethnos = nation and mousike = music), formerly comparative musicology, is the study of music in its cultural context, cultural musicology. ...


Apart from his work as director of York University's Graduate Program in Ethnomusicology & Musicology in Toronto, he has written many liner notes, studies and books on popular music. York University (YorkU) is a large comprehensive university, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... }|135px|City of Toronto, Ontario Official Flag]]|Coat Image=[[Image:{{{Coat Image}}}|135px|City of Toronto, Ontario Coat of Arms]]}} {{Hide = {{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: {{Unhide = {{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Diversity Our Strength {{Canadian City/Location Image is:{{{Location Image Type}}}|[[Image:{{{Location Image}}}|thumbnail|center|250px|City of Toronto, Ontario... Liner notes are the booklets which come inserted into the compact disc jewel case or any sound recording container. ...


Specialized in the Stax Records story, his liner notes on the different boxed sets of The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles has been celebrated. His book, Soulsville, U.S.A. - The Story of Stax Records, is considered as the definitive history of the legendary Memphis-based record label. Stax Records was a Memphis, Tennessee based record label that existed from 1959 to 1976. ...


Bibliography

  • Rob Bowman (1997) Soulsville U.S.A: The Story of Stax Records, Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0825672848

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Rob Bowman (421 words)
Bowman currently serves as Director of York University's Graduate Program in Ethnomusicology and Musicology.
He lectures, publishes and broadcasts in many areas of popular music, from country, R and B and gospel to reggae, rap and funk.
Rob Bowman's work as an interpreter and documentarian of historical recordings of popular music has been recognized internationally.
Books in English - Reviews (7790 words)
Bowman reconstructs the internal dynamics of songwriting and recording sessions through the eyes of the participants, moves facilely into the front office to discuss sales figures, marketing strategies, relations with radio and retail, lawsuits, and the ill-advised 1965 deal with Atlantic that gave up ownership of the companyUs masters.
Music is a powerful attempt to account for this issue, a political statement that most of the time differs radically from the totallising "world" label which media and authors want to sell.
The Virginia Minstrels and their successors molded polite musical entertainment for the white middle class, and the change in racial signification of flface was an accommodation to and reinforcement of the attitudes of this new well-paying audience.
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