Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

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The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online is the first comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples. More than 9,000 pages of material and 300 audio recordings, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world, make this the most complete body of work focused on world music.

Since its first publication in 1997, The Garland Encyclopedia has been the preeminent reference work for research in this area and a favorite of libraries everywhere. It has won numerous awards, including the Dartmouth Medal, the New York Public Library Outstanding Reference Book award, and Library Journal’s award as one of the 50 Reference Sources for the Millennium. Now for the first time, the entire set of ten print volumes is available as a single, integrated online collection, with additional features from Alexander Street Press.


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Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (1997)

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