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Goffredo Plastino is reader in ethnomusicology at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University, UK. He has published widely on folk and popular music, field recordings, and jazz.
Joseph Sciorra is director for academic and cultural programs at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College (City University of New York). As a folklorist, he has published on religious practices, material culture, and popular music, among other topics.
Foreword: Neapolitan Postcards
Chapter 1: Echoes of Naples
Chapter 2: A Mediterranean Triangle: Naples, Smyrna, Athens
Chapter 3: The Neapolitan Sound Goes Around: Mechanical Music Instruments, Talking Machines, and Neapolitan Song (1850–1925)
Chapter 4: The Folk Within: On Some Neapolitan Productions in Early Twentieth-Century
Chapter 5: New York City Neapolitan Music from the Calandra Institute’s Mark Pezzano Collection
Rosangela Briscese and Joseph Sciorra
Chapter 6: You Can Go Home Again, and Again: Santa Lucia Luntana, the Film
Chapter 7: Diasporic Musings on Veracity and Uncertainties of “Core ’ngrato”
Chapter 8: Napoli in Buenos Aires: From Canzonetta to Tango Canción
Chapter 9: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Transatlantic Stereotypes 1880s–1950s
Chapter 10: Blues in the Bay: The Bluesology of James Senese and Raiz
Alessandro Buffa and Iain Chambers
Afterword:Neapolitan Postcards and Metaphorical Materiality: Ontologies of Intimacy
Philip V. Bohlman
The international group of contributors in this book works effectively within this critical framework to investigate unexplored transnational aspects of the intimate, yet globally popular, canzone napoletana.
— Italian American Review
Repertoires are traditionally studied in relation to their native habitat. Much as that is needed, it does not tell us the whole story. That's because many of them, in time, develop transnational dimensions. An understanding of how, when, and why that happens yields extraordinary insights into the nature of the music itself, and that of the people who, for any number of reasons, choose to establish a relationship with a repertoire which should in principle be foreign to them. This book, devoted to the Neapolitan song tradition, is a brilliant example of this new approach, one that will hopefully set both a standard and a trend.
— Marcello Sorce Keller, Institut für Musikwissenschaft, Universität Bern
Neapolitan Postcards announces a paradigm shift just as important as the one initiated by Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic two decades ago. These sophisticated essays—themselves trans-Atlantic in origin—tell of a diasporic intimacy centered on Neapolitan music’s Mediterranean, African, Arab, and circum-Atlantic creolized sound. I cannot recommend this book too highly.
— John Gennari, associate professor, University of Vermont, author of Flavor and Soul and Blowin’ Hot and Cool