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Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia  

Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia $45.45 ex GST
$49.99 inc GST
This publication is unique in its comprehensiveness and recognition of cultural diversity and a broad notion of community. It covers the history of concert music, opera, ballet, music teaching, composition, instruments, venues, union activity, Aboriginal music, and all forms of popular and folk music and dance. It embraces the wide variety of immigrant influences from Europe, America and particularly the Pacific. There's sound art, computer music, electroacoustics, belly dance, debutante balls, subcultures, music videos and much more. Over two hundred academics, practitioners and private researchers from all parts of Australia and beyond are among this book's contributors.

'A quick look at the contents, which places Football Songs next to Free Jazz, gives you some idea of its open-mindedness. It serves a much-needed purpose in informing us about many kinds of Australian music and dance missed by other reference books. Highly recommended.' Lucky Oceans, The Planet, ABC Radio National.

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Currency House | 978-0-95812-131-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB


Dr John Whiteoak is a well known musicologist and music historian. Since the mid-1980s he has lectured and tutored in jazz studies and Australian and experimental music studies. He teaches Australian and Asian popular music and culture at Monash University. He was the biographer of the late Keith Humble, a jazz musician, pianist and composer and author of Playing Ad Lib published by Currency Press. As a performer (keyboards, brass and voice), Whiteoak's experience in classical, popular and experimental music is impressively extensive.

Aline Scott-Maxwell is an ethnomusicologist with research interests and publications in the fields of the music and dance of migration, Australian's musical engagement with Asia, contemporary Australian music and dance, and Indonesian music and dance. She was a founding member of the Australian branch of the International Society for the Study of Popular Music and founder of the contemporary gamelan ensemble Dome. She has lectured in Music at the University of Sydney and is a current research associate at the School of Music-Conservatorium at Monash University.