Beautiful music, born from an eclectic mix of cultures, was created in Malaya in the period leading up to country’s independence in 1957. But this cultural history has yet to be told now. Saidah Rastam draws in extensive interviews with those who made that history, corroborating and elaborating this testimony by trawling songs and scores films. As a point of entry into this fascinating story, she explores the controversies surrounding the provenance of Malaysia’s national anthem, ‘Negara Ku’, and embroiders a kind of detective story, drawing the reader into broader, contextual issues to do with culture, politics and society. The result is an innovative and perceptive account: well researched, splendidly constructed, deeply knowledgeable, beautifully illustrated and stylishly written in a way that captures the very musicality of its topic. The first edition of Rosalie and Other Love Songs was enthusiastically received, and this new, revised edition will be welcomed by all those with an interest in Malaysian culture and history, as well as fans of popular music worldwide.