Now available: Oxford University Press has just released
Ted Gioia's new book
Love Songs: The Hidden History. This
book represents the first comprehensive survey of the music of
romance, courtship and sexuality, and encompasses the complete
story of the love song from ancient Mesopotamia to Miley Cyrus.
Scrupulously researched over a period of two decades, Gioia's
work will challenge many of the prevalent views of Western music
history, and unravel the surprising (and previously hidden)
story of how the love songs of our time were shaped by
influences from Africa and the Middle East, as well as by
the outcasts and bohemians of European society.

Publication date: February 10, 2015.  Now available here.
Ted Gioia
Selected articles by Ted Gioia on the web

Did the Love Song Originate in Africa & the Middle East?
The Rise of the Fragmented Novel
My 10 Favorite Novels on Music
The Adventurer's Guide to Finnegans Wake
Notes on Conceptual Fiction
Has Music Criticism Turned Into Lifestyle Reporting?
Vladimir Nabokov, Sci-Fi Writer
If John Coltrane Had Lived
The Backlash Against Jazz
What We've Learned About the NSA
The 8 Memes of the Postmodern Mystery
Why the Fuss About Jonathan Franzen?
Slaves for Love: How Bondage Shaped the Love Song
A Conversation About Jazz with Ted Gioia
The 100 Best Recordings of 2014
The 100 Best Recordings of 2013
The 100 Best Recordings of 2012
The 100 Best Recordings of 2011
Franco: The James Brown of Africa
How Alice Got to Wonderland
The King of Western Swing
The Weirdest 1960s Novel of Them All
Post Cool
The New Revolt of the Masses
How to Fix Online Music
The Year of Magical Reading
A Conversation with Ted Gioia about Love Songs
The Music of the Tango
The Letter That Changed the Course of Modern Fiction
A Look Back at Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook
Do Blues Musicians Need to be Really, Really Old?
So it Goes: The Unconventional Sci-Fi of Kurt Vonnegut
Twelve Essential Tango Recordings
Alan Lomax and the FBI
Robert Musil and The Man Without Qualities
A History of Cool Jazz in 100 Tracks
Why Only Revolutions Will Not Be Televised
David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest
How Music Videos Changed Love Songs
Apple's New Paradigm for Music
Fix-Up Artist: The Chaotic SF of A.E. van Vogt
Jazz Vocals in the New Millennium
A History of New Orleans Music in 100 Tracks
The Making of Ulysses
The Great American Novel That Wasn't
In Search of Dupree Bolton
Gulliver's Travels and the Birth of Genre Fiction
Where Did Our Revolution Go?
The Many Lives of James Joyce
The Complex Gender History of the Love Song
William Gaddis's The Recognitions
5 Lessons the Music Biz Should Learn from TV
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch
When Science Fiction Grew Up
12 Memorable Works of Hispanic Fiction
Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice
Fear and Self-Loathing in Scandinavia
The Alt Reality Nobel Prize
Don DeLillo's Underworld
Milton Nascimento: 12 Essential Tracks
Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections
Curse You, Neil Armstrong!
Bill Evans: 12 Essential Tracks
Early Vintage Wynton Marsalis
Remembering Cordwainer Smith
My Favorite American Novel
Q&A with Ted Gioia
The Jazz Pianist JFK Saved
Martin Gardner: The Most Interesting Man in the World
Robert Heinlein at One Hundred
The Fourteen Skies of Michael Chabon
Is Bird Dead?
Philip K. Dick's VALIS
Why Lester Young Matters
Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire
Who is Grace Kelly?
Italo Calvino's Winter's NIght
Hipsters: The New Scapegoats
Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude
Could Chet Baker Play Jazz?
Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow
The Jazzy Side of Frank Zappa
Fritz Leiber at 100
Günter Grass's The Tin Drum
David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas
Harlem Jazz: 12 Essential Tracks
Mark Z. Danielweski's House of Leaves
The Postmodern Mystery: 50 Essential Works
Art Tatum at 100: 12 Essential Tracks
Fringe Guitar
J.G. Ballard's Crash
Interview with Dana and Ted Gioia
Robert Johnson and the Devil
Herbie Hancock: 12 Essential Tracks
Remembering Drums of Passion
Keith Jarrett: 12 Essential Tracks
In Defense of The Hobbit
Brad Mehldau: 12 Essential Tracks
David Foster Wallace's The Pale King
The South Asian Tinge in Jazz
The Puzzling Case of Robert Sheckley
Assessing Brad Mehldau at Mid-Career
Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian
Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones
Lennie Tristano: 12 Essential Tracks
Virginia Woolf's Orlando
Why Cool is Dead
A Tribute to Richard Matheson
Denny Zeitlin on Mosaic
The Chronicles of Narnia
Tito Puente: The Complete 78s (1949-1955)
Toni Morrison's Beloved
The Tragedy of Richard Twardzik
Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue
The Science Fiction of Samuel Delany
Can Tarzan Survive in a Post-Colonial World?
Ian McEwan's Atonement
Can a Dictionary be a Novel?
New Details About the Young William Gaddis
Interview with Ted Gioia (on Delta Blues)
William Gaddis's JR
Roberto Bolaño's 2666
Talking to Myself About the State of Jazz
Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain
Philip Roth's American Pastoral
Italo Calvino's Neglected Sci-Fi Masterpiece
Ken Kesey's Novel-in-a-Box
How I Learned I Was a Jazz Fan

The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire

by Ted Gioia

"If you look up just one title in The Jazz Standards, before you
realize it you will have spent an intriguing hour or two learning
fascinating and new things about old songs that you have
known most of your life."  
Dave Brubeck

"Which is best: interpretation or song? In any case, jazz
and standards are forever locked in loving embrace.  A
finely researched work."
Sonny Rollins

"Mr. Gioia's is the first general-interest, wide-ranging and
authoritative guide to the basic contemporary jazz canon."
Wall Street Journal

"What makes The Jazz Standards so engaging is just this sort
of anecdotal texture, Gioia's ability to write as an inhabitant of
both the tradition and the songs…To read
The Jazz Standards,
then, is not unlike listening to Gioia play his way through this
music, sharing not just what he likes (and dislikes) but also
what he knows."
Los Angeles Times

“Richly informative…Gioia delivers this kind of in-depth notation
(and correction of the record) again and again. Calling them
'the soundtrack of my own life,' he takes the reader through
hundreds of songs….
The Jazz Standards itself is awfully nice
to dip into.”
Washington Post

"In virtually every instance, Gioia delivers."
The Atlantic Monthly

"One man’s repertoire may be another man’s B-list, but when
the man is Ted Gioia, one tends to listen – in both senses.
Gioia, among the most lauded of jazz writers, has chosen more
than 250 songs. He tells the story behind each….Compulsively
readable, and belongs on the shelves of every jazz lover, or jazz-
lover wannabe."
Toronto Globe and Mail

"What a useful and informative book The Jazz Standards is!  
Explaining the jazz repertory in a way that is accessible for
the jazz beginner yet stimulating for the aficionado, Ted
Gioia shows once again why he is one the best jazz
writers around today."  
Gerald Early

"Warning: This book is addictive."
Dallas Morning News

"Gioia is arguably the must lucid writer-historian on jazz...For
browsing, or for remarkably intimate histories of songs and
tunes many know by heart,
The Jazz Standards can’t be beat."
Montreal Gazette

“Gioia writes with an endearing blend of erudition and
opinionating…that makes the book both a delightful browse
and a handy reference and roadmap for jazzophiles.”
Publishers Weekly

"This book should be in the library of every gigging jazz
musician and every serious jazz fan."  
Library Journal
The Jazz Standards, is the first
comprehensive guide to the
jazz repertoire, and the latest work
from critic and scholar Ted Gioia.  
The Jazz Standards is a unique
resource, a browser's companion,
and an invaluable introduction
to the art form. This essential book
for music lovers tells the story of
more than 250 key jazz songs,
and includes a listening guide to
more than 2,000 recordings.
Ted Gioia can be contacted at

For promotional photos, click here

Also visit
Great Books Guide
The New Canon
Conceptual Fiction
Postmodern Mystery
Fractious Fiction
Ted's Twitter Feed
A Spotify Playlist of 2,000 tracks
recommended in The Jazz Standards
(courtesy of Jim Higgins of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Love Songs: The Hidden History
Click here to learn more.  
Ted Gioia summarizes some of the exciting findings
from his love songs research in these articles:

Did the Love Song Originate in Africa & the Middle East? (The Daily Beast)
The Roots of the Bondage Theme in Love Songs (Wall Street Journal)
A Conversation with Ted Goia about Love Songs (Barnes & Noble)
The Complex Gender History of the Love Song (Oxford University Press blog)
How MTV and YouTube Changed the Music of Romance (Salon)