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Music in American Life


Acquiring Editor: Laurie Matheson

Music in American Life 40th AnniversaryMusic in American Life is a longstanding series that embodies the twin goals of documenting the place of music in American culture and the cultural life that gives rise to particular musical forms. Encompassing the broadest range of music, from classical through all forms of American vernacular music, the series welcomes a variety of approaches to the topic of music in American life, including monographs, biographies, memoirs, reference books, readers, and edited collections.


link to catalog page, Bill Clifton

Bill Clifton

America's Bluegrass Ambassador to the World

Author: Bill C. Malone
Pub Date: October 2016

Pioneer, pathfinder, and proponent--the journey of an unlikely bluegrass icon   learn more...

link to catalog page, May Irwin

May Irwin

Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy

Author: Sharon Ammen
Pub Date: January 2017

The vivid life and startling times of a forgotten entertainer   learn more...

The Elocutionists

Women, Music, and the Spoken Word

Author: Marian Wilson Kimber
Pub Date: January 2017

Rediscovering a lost art and the women who made it   learn more...

Author: Nancy Yunhwa Rao
Pub Date: December 2016

The transformation of Chinese music into American music in the early twentieth century   learn more...

link to catalog page, Blue Rhythm Fantasy

Blue Rhythm Fantasy

Big Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era

Author: John Wriggle
Pub Date: August 2016

Discovering the overlooked arrangers who built the Swing Era sound   learn more...

link to catalog page, Jazzing

Jazzing

New York City's Unseen Scene

Author: Thomas H. Greenland
Pub Date: April 2016

An intimate account of jazz and community   learn more...

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link to catalog page, Waiting for Buddy Guy

Waiting for Buddy Guy

Chicago Blues at the Crossroads

Author: Alan Harper
Pub Date: March 2016

Encounters with blues royalty   learn more...

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link to catalog page, Cafe Society

Cafe Society

The wrong place for the Right people

Author: Barney Josephson with Terry Trilling-Josephson
Pub Date: Cloth: 2009; Paper: February 2016

The story of the night club impresario whose wildly successful interracial club, Cafe Society, changed the American artistic landscape forever   learn more...

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link to catalog page, Foggy Mountain Troubadour

Foggy Mountain Troubadour

The Life and Music of Curly Seckler

Author: Penny Parsons
Pub Date: May 2016

The bluegrass legend's road from Carolina cotton fields to Nashville Grass   learn more...

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link to catalog page, A Cole Porter Companion Author: Edited by Don M. Randel, Matthew Shaftel, and Susan Forscher Weiss
Pub Date: July 2016

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it--go ahead, do it, read about Cole Porter   learn more...

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