"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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
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.
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