Books

by Dr. Dale A. Olsen

Below is a chronological list of books written (or edited) by Dale A. Olsen, containing publisher information and links for purchasing them (see also Amazon.com), brief reviews or statements about their contents, other data, and links to accompanying audio examples (if available) and visual images. All audio examples and images are the property of Dr. Dale A. Olsen, who, with this statement, gives his unsolicited permission for their limited use for noncommercial and nonprofit educational purposes only. Please contact Dr. Olsen for other permissions or further information about his publications.

waraocoverBWMusic of the Warao of Venezuela: Song People of the Rain Forest

Cultural tragedy often accompanies the death of biological species in the South American rain forests. As fragile as the ecosystem is the culture of the Warao Native Americans continues to thrive. In this lively blend of musicology, anthropology, and environmental awareness, the author argues that music holds together much of the Warao’s existence. Hardback published in 1996.
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studyguidecoverBWMusics of Many Cultures: Study Guide & Workbook, Fourth Edition

This study guide and workbook is designed to guide students through the diverse chapters of Elizabeth May’s textbook, Musics of Many Cultures: An Introduction (University of California Press, 1980), for college and university world music classes. The workbook helps both music and non-music majors more clearly understand the materials in the text; it will also aid in preparations for exams. Original edition published in 2000; fourth edition published in 2013.
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eldoradocoverBWMusic of El Dorado: The Ethnomusicology of Ancient South American Cultures

In the first comprehensive synthesis of pre-Columbian Andean musical instruments from Colombia and Peru, the author breathes life and humanity into the music making of numerous ancient cultures in the northern and central Andes. He assesses three decades’ worth of archaeological and anthropological findings from diverse collections, museums, tombs, and temples. Hardback published in 2002; paperback version published in 2004.
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chrysancoverBWThe Chrysanthemum and the Song: Music, Memory, and Identity in the South American Japanese Diaspora

Music helps form and nurture ethnic identity for large populations of people of Japanese descent in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, and Paraguay. In a story never before told, the author offers a musical history and ethnography of this vibrant Asian diaspora, the largest population of overseas Japanese in the world and one of the most successful subcultures in South America. Hardback published in 2004.
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garland enc 2The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 2, “South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean”

Volume 2 of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (coedited by Dale A. Olsen and Daniel Sheehy) includes essays by dozens of notable scholars that describe and study the extraordinarily rich and varied music from all the countries south/southeast of Florida and the Rio Grande River. Unique emphasis is given to 25 Amerindian cultures, including the Yuma and Otopame (Mexico), Maya (Guatemala), Kuna (Colombia and Panama), Suya (Brazil), Aymara and Quechua (Ecuador to Chile), Mapuche (Chile and Argentina), Warao and Yanomami (Venezuela), and many more. Several articles are devoted to the popular music of Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean islands, and other areas. A survey of the music of immigrants to Latin America shows how arrivals from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Spain have preserved their musical traditions in the region for the past 150 years.

REVIEW: “Garland’s ambitious 10-volume series takes a cultural approach to its focus on the music of all the world’s peoples. Each volume is arranged topically, regionally, or by ethnic group, and complemented by an extensive index. Although each volume will differ because of the nature of the material, the organization remains consistent throughout all: regional overviews first; music in the social context next; then finally, the musical traditions of individual countries or ethnic groups. Of exceptional value are the CDs that accompany each volume, often with previously unrecorded music, as well as the resource guides, extensive bibliographies, and photographs. Separate pricing makes it easy to buy just the volumes that your patrons need and will use.” From “Outstanding Reference Sources: the 1999 Selection of New Titles,” American Libraries, May 1999. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.

Garland_CoverThe Garland Handbook of Latin American Music, Second Edition

The Garland Handbook of Latin American Music is comprised of selected essays from The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Volume 2, South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (1998). Revised and updated for use as a college textbook, the essays offer detailed and readable regional studies of many music cultures south of the United States and examine the ways in which music helps to define the identity of that very large and vibrant area. The book includes two CDs of musical examples that correspond to many of the essays. Second paperback edition published in 2008.
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Vietnam_CoverPopular Music of Vietnam: The Politics of Remembering, The Economics of Forgetting

Based on the author’s research in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and other urban areas in Vietnam between 2003-05, this study of contemporary Vietnamese popular music explores the ways globalization and free market economics have influenced the music and subcultures of Vietnamese youth, focusing on the conflict between the politics of remembering, nurtured by the Vietnamese Communist government, and the politics of forgetting, driven by the capitalist interests of Vietnam’s market economy and music industry since the end of the American embargo. Hardback published in 2008; paperback version published in 2010.
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Flutelore_CoverWorld Flutelore: Folktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magical Flute Power

This book explores the cultural significance of flutes, flute playing, and flute players from around the world as interpreted from folktales, legends, myths, poems, ethnographies, and other stories–in a word, “flutelore.” A scholarly yet readable study, World Flutelore: Folktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magical Flute Power draws upon a range of sources in folklore, anthropology, ethnomusicology, and literary analysis. Published in 2013.
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