About Love Songs: The Hidden History: This book represents the
first comprehensive survey of the music of romance, courtship and sexuality,
and encompasses the complete story of the love song from ancient
Mesopotamia to Miley Cyrus. Scrupulously researched over a period of two
decades, Gioia's work will challenge many of the prevalent views of Western
music history, and unravel the surprising (and previously hidden) story of how
the love songs of our time were shaped by influences from Africa and the
Middle East, as well as by the outcasts and bohemians of European society.
PUBLISHED IN JULY 2012 BY OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS:
The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire
by Ted Gioia
"If you look up just one title in The Jazz Standards, before you
realize it you will have spent an intriguing hour or two learning
fascinating and new things about old songs that you have
known most of your life."
"Which is best: interpretation or song? In any case, jazz
and standards are forever locked in loving embrace. A
finely researched work."
"Mr. Gioia's is the first general-interest, wide-ranging and
authoritative guide to the basic contemporary jazz canon."
Wall Street Journal
"What makes The Jazz Standards so engaging is just this sort
of anecdotal texture, Gioia's ability to write as an inhabitant of
both the tradition and the songs…To read The Jazz Standards,
then, is not unlike listening to Gioia play his way through this
music, sharing not just what he likes (and dislikes) but also
what he knows."
Los Angeles Times
“Richly informative…Gioia delivers this kind of in-depth notation
(and correction of the record) again and again. Calling them
'the soundtrack of my own life,' he takes the reader through
hundreds of songs….The Jazz Standards itself is awfully nice
to dip into.”
"In virtually every instance, Gioia delivers."
The Atlantic Monthly
"One man’s repertoire may be another man’s B-list, but when
the man is Ted Gioia, one tends to listen – in both senses.
Gioia, among the most lauded of jazz writers, has chosen more
than 250 songs. He tells the story behind each….Compulsively
readable, and belongs on the shelves of every jazz lover, or jazz-
Toronto Globe and Mail
"What a useful and informative book The Jazz Standards is!
Explaining the jazz repertory in a way that is accessible for
the jazz beginner yet stimulating for the aficionado, Ted
Gioia shows once again why he is one the best jazz
writers around today."
"Warning: This book is addictive."
Dallas Morning News
"Gioia is arguably the must lucid writer-historian on jazz...For
browsing, or for remarkably intimate histories of songs and
tunes many know by heart, The Jazz Standards can’t be beat."
“Gioia writes with an endearing blend of erudition and
opinionating…that makes the book both a delightful browse
and a handy reference and roadmap for jazzophiles.”
"This book should be in the library of every gigging jazz
musician and every serious jazz fan."
comprehensive guide to the
jazz repertoire, and the latest work
from critic and scholar Ted Gioia.
The Jazz Standards is a unique
resource, a browser's companion,
and an invaluable introduction
to the art form. This essential book
for music lovers tells the story of
more than 250 key jazz songs,
and includes a listening guide to
more than 2,000 recordings.
LOVE SONGS: THE HIDDEN HISTORY
by Ted Gioia
What critics are saying about
Love Songs: The Hidden History
WINNER OF THE ASCAP DEEMS TAYLOR AWARD
"Gioia’s book covers a tremendous amount of ground
and gives you something to remember on almost every
page. ....He invites the critic’s cliché 'wonderfully erudite',
and earns it, not to mention the even cheaper critical
term 'provocative', though he earns that, too."
The New Yorker
"Gioia has constructed a mind-expanding, deep-focus
piece of scholarship here, certainly the first book to
relate, longitudinally as it were...Gioia’s book achieves
intellectual liftoff, high learning combining with high
The Atlantic Monthly
“[A] richly researched and heartfelt song book of the
ages… Gioia boldly and brilliantly enters the space
between the noises of ancient fertility rites and the
sexualised music videos of YouTube to discover how
melody and love songs, like hearts full of passion,
jealousy and hate, are never out of date.”
Selected articles by Ted Gioia available on the web
Coming in October from Basic Books
Music: A Subversive History
by Ted Gioia
Imagine a society in which the most important aspects of music were ignored—because
they were considered too dangerous or shameful or embarrassing. Even worse,
imagine a musical culture where this has happened for centuries, with history books
relying on censored or unreliable accounts that deliberately hide the real sources of
creativity and innovation. As a result, visionary artists are slandered or ignored, while
usurpers and pretenders are falsely honored.
Ted Gioia argues that we are victims of exactly this kind of distortion. In his provocative
new book he offers a subversive dismantling of thousands of years of music history. He
casts light on hidden currents and secret forces behind the decisive breakthroughs in
music, and shows how conventional accounts have obscured or falsified the origins of
our most cherished songs.
Music: A Subversive History offers a bold alternative view of the story of music —
focusing on the power of song as a force of social change and enchantment. It explores
how musical revolutions get assimilated (and distorted) by the same mainstream
institutions that previously attacked them, and takes seriously aspects of song that are
seldom discussed in music history books, including its deep connections to sexuality,
magic, trance and alternative mind states, healing, social control, generational conflict,
political unrest, even violence and warfare.
Music: A Subversive History is the result of more than a quarter century of research.
Gioia’s three previous books on the social history of music—Work Songs, Healing
Songs and Love Songs—have each been honored with the ASCAP/Deems Taylor
Award. But in this new work, he takes an even more expansive view, covering the full
history of music from Sappho to the Sex Pistols to Spotify and beyond. After you read
Music: A Subversive History, you will never listen to songs the same way again.