Andrew Weintraub’s newest book, Dangdut Stories: A Social and Musical History of Indonesia's Most Popular Music has been released by Oxford University Press. Dangdut Stories traces the rise of the Indonesian popular music form from its origins in the 1970s through its emergence as an influential force in contemporary Indonesian social, political, and religious life.
Dangdut Stories has garnered significant praise, being described by Jonathan Sterne of McGill University as, “…at once the definitive work on this important genre and a methodological tour de force.”
As part of Weintraub’s exhaustive research into Dangdut, leading proponents of the genre have come to Pittsburgh, including lengendary performers Rhoma Irama and Ikke Nurjana. Weintraub also performs regularly with his own band the Dangdut Cowboys.
You can find out more about Dangdut Stories from Oxford University Press.