"The hills are alive with the ululations of centuries of yodelers, whose
echoes persist undyingly. Bart Plantenga shows how yodeling, which may be
encoded in our DNA, is humanity's most open secret, linking Swabian and
Farsi, mountain and atoll, cowboy and jazzbo. Like an errant carnival ride,
his book is fun, head-spinning, and ontologically profound."
— Luc Sante,
author of Low Life
"Like yodeling itself, Bart Platenga's book is wry, humorous, touching,
irreverent, vivid, and unforgettable. In addition it is erudite without being
stuff, and is extremely well written. At last, THE book on yodeling!"
—Ranger Doug, Riders in the Sky
"Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo is an amazing, wild, and wonderful book. If there's anything
to be known about yodeling since the dawn of recorded time, Bart Platenga knows it,
and he knows how to write about it — wisely, humorously, and stylishly."
—Nolan Porterfield, author of Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and times of America's Blue Yodeler
"Writing a history of the yodel requires qualifications such as a degree in
craziness, boundless humour and the capacity to enjoy and understand the
entire musical history of the world (or universe, if you include Mars Attacks).
Happily, Bart Platenga possesses these in abundance. His enthusiasm for distinctive
music and weird facts is capable of curing even the most
—David Troop, author of Ocean of Sound, Rap Attrack and Exotica.
Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo is the first book to view yodeling as a global
phenomenon. It answers the question: How did a centuries-old Alpine tradition
make its way into American country music? ALong the way, the reader discovers
that yodeling is NOT just a Swiss thing: everyone from African Pygmies,
rhinestone cow-people, avant-garde tonsil-twisters to pop stars like
Jewel and Sly & The Family Stone have
been known to yodel. We encounter legends Jimmie Rodgers and Gene Autry,
whistling yodelers like Ronnie Ronalde, the chicken yodeling Cackle Sisters,
the campy "Australian Queen of Yodeling" Mary Schneider and
the Topp Twins, a yodeling lesbian duo. Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo
is the definitive deep glimpse into this secret world — one the reader
will explore with great delight.
About the Author
Bart Platenga is a widely published author of cultural, musical and historical
journalism, fiction and non-fiction. His writings have appeared in Reggae,
Rasta Revolution: Jamaican Music from Ska to Dub, and many journals.
He currently writes, DJs and lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.