The six EPMOW Genre volumes contain entries on the genres of music that have been or currently are popular in countries and communities all over the world. Included are discussions on cultural, historical and geographic origins; technical musical characteristics; instrumentation and use of voice; lyrics and language; typical features of performance and presentation; historical development and paths and modes of dissemination; influence of technology, the music industry and political and economic circumstances; changing stylistic features; notable and influential performers; and relationships to other genres and sub-genres. This volume, on the music of the Caribbean and Latin America, features over 300 entries and in-depth essays on genres ranging from Afro-Cuban Jazz to Alcatraz, from Carnaval to Charanga, and from Dancehall to Dub. All entries conclude with a bibliography, discographical references and discography, with additional information on sheet music listings and visual recordings. Written and edited by a team of distinguished popular music scholars and professionals, this is an exceptional resource for anybody studying or researching the history and development of popular music.
David Horn was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music and a founding member of IASPM (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He was Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Together with the blues scholar Paul Oliver he first proposed the idea of EPMOW in the 1980s, and has worked on the project since that time. John Shepherd is Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic) and Chancellor's Professor of Music and Sociology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He was from 2007-2012 Carleton's Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. Dr. Shepherd has been a member of EPMOW's editorial board since 1990. In 2000, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of his role as a leading architect of a post-War critical musicology.