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International Music

Resources for research and listening for folk and popular music from around the world

North America

Recommended Books

Smithsonian Folkways Curated Playlists

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings routinely publishes playlists centered on a given topic or theme. Anyone can listen to these tracks free of charge through platforms like Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube. Short descriptions which contextualize the tracks can be found at the Folkways website. Several of the playlists are linked below, including playlists from their new Field Guides series. All Folkways playlists can be found here.

Interlibrary Loan

Users are encouraged to search for items beyond University Libraries' catalog via RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and WorldCat. Materials not available in print or online may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Please allow up to seven days for electronic delivery and up to fourteen days for delivery of physical items.