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Widening the Horizon

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Widening the Horizon

Exoticism in Post - War Popular Music

Edited by: Philip Hayward

Publication date: 1997
Total pages: 216
ISBN: 1 86462 047 1
Price: £ 17.50


Widening the Horizon is the first in-depth study of exoticism in Post-War popular music. The opening chapters analyse the work of Les Baxter, Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, Korla Pandit and Yma Sumac – the musicians who developed (and exemplified) the style known as Exotica in the 1950s and 1960s. Others address more recent developments in musical exoticism which have revived and reflected the form, such as Haruomi Hosono’s ‘Soy Sauce Music’ trilogy; the work of Van Dyke Parkes, on albums such as Tokyo Rose; and the career of New Age populist Yanni. Contributors to this anthology include writers and academics from Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom and the USA.


Philip Hayward is Director of the Centre for Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University (Sydney) and an adjunct professor of Southern Cross University (Lismore), attached to the Music Archive for the Pacific.

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