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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.


Just One of the Boys

Female-to-Male Cross-Dressing on the American Variety Stage

Author: Gillian M. Rodger
Pub Date: January 2018

Manning up to take the stage by storm   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...

link to catalog page, Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger

A Life of Music, Love, and Politics

Author: Jean R. Freedman
Pub Date: March 2017

The first full-length biography of the music legend   learn more...

link to catalog page, Charles Ives's Concord

Charles Ives's Concord

Essays after a Sonata

Author: Kyle Gann
Pub Date: June 2017

A revolutionary exploration of Ives' transcendent masterpiece   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Author: Michael Hicks
Pub Date: Cloth: 2015; Paper: 2017

The triumphant journey of a beloved musical institution   learn more...

link to catalog page, George Szell's Reign

George Szell's Reign

Behind the Scenes with the Cleveland Orchestra

Author: Marcia Hansen Kraus
Pub Date: October 2017

Shaping dissonance into beauty with the master conductor   learn more...

link to catalog page, Chinatown Opera Theater in North America Author: Nancy Yunhwa Rao
Pub Date: February 2017

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

link to catalog page, Don't Give Your Heart to a Rambler

Don't Give Your Heart to a Rambler

My Life with Jimmy Martin, the King of Bluegrass

Author: Barbara Martin Stephens
Pub Date: August 2017

Life with a legend against the backdrop of bluegrass's golden age   learn more...

link to catalog page, Libby Larsen

Libby Larsen

Composing an American Life

Author: Denise Von Glahn
Pub Date: August 2017

The fullness of a life lived allegro   learn more...

The Elocutionists

Women, Music, and the Spoken Word

Author: Marian Wilson Kimber
Pub Date: February 2017

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

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