The 2012 Outside-in cinema season is upon us, kicking things off with the 2005 German documentary Crossing the bridge, directed by controversial director Faith Akin and narrated by Einstürzende Neubauten member, Alexander Hacke. The film looks at the various flavours in the contemporary Istanbul music scene.

As always, a selection of books from the collection here shall be on display for those attending the screening. Looking broadly at the musical legacy of the region, Turkish folk music from Asia Minor takes an academic, ethnomusicological approach to understanding the various idiosyncrasies evident within such region-specific styles.

Princeton University Press, 1976

Princeton University Press, 1976

Lieder der Türkei is another great title looking at traditional music from the area, this time looking squarely at Turkey, and eschewing in-depth analysis by way of music theory, presenting instead a concise collection of songs in simple musical notation.

Edition Helbling, c1994

Edition Helbling, c1994

The republic of love, however, jumps forward to look at popular music in Turkey, showing how three artists have approached the display of private and intimate thoughts and emotions in the public context of mainstream society.

University of Chicago Press, c2010

University of Chicago Press, c2010

All of these titles are easily requestable via the Library’s catalogue.

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