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Gage Averill
(Music Dept., New York University) as General Editor of a new Garland book series entitled "Perspectives on Global Pop" is currently soliciting manuscripts, proposals, ideas, and volume editors for books in the series. Organisers of thematically-focused symposia, conferences, or panels are encouraged to consider editing volumes that issue from this type of scholarly activity. The series is planned to consisting of scholarly essay collections exploring the global traffic in musical sounds that is reconfiguring the world's sonic map. Popular musics of the "west", from jazz to Techno, have long sought new audiences and meanings in their global march; and subaltern popular musics - such as soukous, soca, rai, or bhangra - have also garnered international markets and influence. "Perspectives on Global Pop" showcases a cross-disciplinary dialogue on issues, theories, and regional studies in global popular musics and seeks to evaluate the repercussions of accelerated globalisation and cultural hybridity. Please contact: Gage Averill, Music Dept., New York University, 24 Waverly Place, Rm. 268, New York, NY 10003, USA, Phone: +1 212- 998-8302.
Martin Bouchard
is looking for a friend of him on information about the music of the Haitian community in Montréal (both pop and traditional). She is also trying to find books and articles about the music and social interactions of the native people of Canada.
Sean Campbell
(School of Media, Liverpool, John Moores University) is trying to locate scholarly literature on popular music journalism, and particularly on the British music press since the 1970s. (He is specifically interested in the critical reception of second generation Irish musicians in England in papers like NME and Melody Maker, so work that deals with issues around ethnicity, identity, and the discourse of music criticism would be particularly useful). The few references that he has managed to find (e.g. an article by Steve Jones, and a thesis by William Nowell), appear to be primarily concerned with music journalism in the United States. Any suggestions or  references for other literature in this area?
William Echard
from York University in Toronto/Canada is wondering if someone can direct me to resources for identifying old sheet music. A family member of him has found an old anthology of piano music (like Heart Songs, containing a bit of everything). From the copyright notices, it seems to have been published in the early 1940s by the Robbins Co. But it has no cover, and any pages which might have given a definitive ID are missing. He wants to know, whether there are resources for identifying this sort of thing, for example a collection of tables of contexts for such collections? 
Murray Forman 
is seeking a copy of the 1972 "Study of the Soul Music Environment Prepared for Columbia Records Group," or as it is more commonly called, "the Harvard Report." This elusive report is sought by numerous popular music and industry researchers and though many cite it, few have seen it. If you have a copy or know of someone who might, please contact me at:
Kyra Gaunt
professor at McIntire Department of Music (University of Virginia) is looking for good articles about BMG or other multi-national corporations? She has an MA student doing fieldwork with a black South African A&R guy (raised in NYC) working for BMG/South Africa. Also, she looks for any good sources to understand what A&R folks do in music industry (particularly relative to global market or African music)? An histories or retrospectives or novels that might be useful? Kyra Gaunt's student's work is centered on the Johannesburg scene and social relations connected to musical performance. She is a white female from upstate NY and looking back-and-forth at popular music & racial/social identity issues between US and South Africa, as well. Any new or obscure sources looking at white interactions with black popular music relative to identity would be useful also.
Laura Gibson
is doing her MA thesis at Massey University (NZ) in ethnomusicology, and is currently writing an article about manufactured pop music (with particular reference to the NZ girl group 'True Bliss'). Areas she is interested in include hegemony, manipulation of cultural symbols, politics and power within the music industry, gender roles, and the impact of TV documentaries exposing how such pop groups are manufactured. Looking for information and opinions from anyone with anything to say. Lorena is also doing her thesis on the culture of hip hop within Palmerston North and Aotearoa (New Zealand), and is looking for good sources of info for this as well.
Srdjan Jacimovic,
a composer from Belgrade/Yugoslavia was successful with a piece of music played by his band "Chamber Orchestra". It was employed for the soundtrack of  the movie "White suite", directed by Lazar Ristovski. The film had been opened at the Cannes's festival in 1999. and is among this year's nominees for Oscar. Further details can be found on his website: . Those, who like this music are requested to get in touch with him:
Michael Jarret 
is editing a series of books for Temple University Press. The series is titled 'Sound Matters'. He welcomes proposals and queries.
Alex Kelly
student in Melbourne, Australia researching how popular music can be at once hegemonic and subversive. Looking for good sources of info.
Richard J. Leskosky
asks: "Is there anyone who might be able and willing to discuss (presumably favorably, as in a letter of nomination for an academic honor) the aesthetic/cultural value of the satiric music and videos of "Weird Al" Yankovic?"
Miriam Lockshin 
is the Global Content Manager for a new website focusing on world musics. She is seeking genre and regional specialists to create a comprehensive and detailed database as well building and managing an editorial team to create recommended content for those select regions in addition to overseeing and approving music store content. For further information please e-mail (
Karl Neuenfeld
is trying to locate any research on the use of CDs in popular music. He is doing some research on the use of CDs on the international folk festival circuit and would like to hear from any one who has done or is aware of any such research. His study is Australian based but many of the artists are from Europe and North America.  
Jacques Protat,
an English instructor in the Dijon Arts Management University (France), is now starting his PhD on the New York Cabaret Scene as a vehicle for the classic American song. He intends to focus primarily on venues, performers and audiences, and wants to know about specialists of the New York cabaret scene (intimate venues for jazz or pop-jazz singers who sing standards old and new). I am looking for academic articles as well as their authors themselves. 
Russell Reising
is writing two books focusing on LSD and Anglo-American culture. One, tentatively called AcidSpeak, will analyse the impact of LSD on Anglo-American culture from the fifties to the present. The other, AcidChats, will consist of interviews with everyone from LSD celebrities to regular working people and everything in between. He is interested in interviewing anyone for whom LSD and psychedelic experience in general has had an important, profound, transformative, etc. impact on their lives. The interviews can be in person, or I'd be happy to send a few brief questions to anyone interested, and they could respond in writing, over email, etc..
Geoff Stahl
from McGill-University in Montréal (Quebéc/Canada) is in the process of (slowly) compiling information on the music industry in Canada, to be part of a website devoted to all aspects of it - from radio, record labels to government sponsored granting and funding agencies to reports on cultural industries, institutions and policies. Please forward relevant links to him, including any relevant college/university courses worth to mention.
Rachel Swindells 
is now working as Education Sales and Marketing Manager for Music Sales for a big publisher. She is hoping to develop the Popular Music Education area of the catalogue - there are various MIDI/recording guides and rock scores including music by the Beatles, Stones and Hendrix which are particularly relevant. Anyone who wants more info, phone +441284 714955
Hanna Väätäinen
is doing research at the Finnish Åbo Akademi University on women dancers with disabilities. Currently I am writing about the performances of gender and disability in competitive ballroom dancing. I need help in locating musicological literature on ballroom dance music. Please share any information concerning research done on ballroom dance music with Hanna.
Manfred Webster,
third year undergraduate currently researching two projects. Popular music and post modernism, and the effects of songs that are used in violent films (ie Stuck in the middle with you, from Resevoir Dogs). Do audiences retain a long term association of the song with the scene in the film? Any suggestions for material most gratefully received
Gui Werlang, 
Student from St-Andrews, Scotland in the final year of a PhD project on indigenous South American music wants to find out more about programmes (funding, scholarships and supporting institutions and scholars) in Germany for research into music (indigenous Amazonian musicology in particular). Address: Department of Social Anthropology, University of St-Andrews, Scotland, KY16 9AL, GB, tel:00441334 470176 (home), 462989 (office).
Chip Whitesell 
is interested in compiling a list of appearances of Ravel's Bolero in popular culture. I can think of several films, an episode of The Partridge Family, etc. Does anyone have anything to add? 
Martin Williams, 
a 3rd Year undergraduate at Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education, plans  to base his dissertation on mp3 technology and it's implications upon the traditional record company and distribution models, the potential benefits and pitfalls for independent musicians as well as the way mp3 may change music consumers habits. He is currently hunting for suitable academic resources, (speculation and hypothesis seems to abound in the business and music press but at this stage I am more interested in uncovering academic reference). If anybody can help him out by pointing me in an appropriate direction it would be much appreciated.
( - his mp3 page!!)
Peter Winkler and Dmitry Goldgaber,
the composer and the psychatrist (both from the State University of New York Stony Brook) fell in love with the music of Oskar Strok (1892-1975). Strok was a composer, pianist, bandleader and music publisher from Riga, Latvia, known throughout the U.S.S.R. as the "Tango King". The fiery, dark sounds of the tango clearly found resonance in the popular music traditions of Eastern Europe and Russia, and this is strongly felt in Strok's songs and dance music.   His music was performed and recorded by many Soviet artists, and also by such figures as the Japanese singer I. Sugavara.  Dmitri  is trying to rescue and preserve a collection of Strok's manuscripts, publications, letters, recordings, etc.. Is there anyone out there who is pursuing research on the popular music scene in the U.S.S.R. (more specifically, Latvia) from the 30's to the 50's?  Or who is interested in the worldwide spread of the Tango?  Or in exchanging information about Strok and his milieu?  Also Peter Winkler and Dmitry Doldgaber are looking for a library that might serve as an appropriate home for a Strok archive.

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