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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, California Polyphony

California Polyphony

Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads

Author: Mina Yang
Pub Date: March 2008

Probing the intersection of music and racial politics in California   learn more...

link to catalog page, Poetry and Violence

Poetry and Violence

The Ballad Tradition of Mexico's Costa Chica

Author: John H. McDowell
Pub Date: February 2008

An in-depth examination of the Mexican ballad tradition of the corrido and its complex relationship with violence   learn more...

link to catalog page, Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Lost and Found

Author: Barry Lee Pearson and Bill McCulloch
Pub Date: August 2008

The biography of a giant in the history of blues music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bound for America

Bound for America

Three British Composers

Author: Nicholas Temperley
Pub Date: August 2008

Shedding light on three immigrant composers in an overlooked period of American music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Where Did Our Love Go?

Where Did Our Love Go?

The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound

Author: Nelson George
Pub Date: October 2007

An inside look at Motown and its founder, available again   learn more...

link to catalog page, Together Let Us Sweetly Live

Together Let Us Sweetly Live

The Singing and Praying Bands

Author: Jonathan C. David, with photographs by Richard Holloway
Pub Date: July 2007

A forgotten and beautiful African American folk tradition re-examined   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Music of Bill Monroe Author: Neil V. Rosenberg and Charles K. Wolfe
Pub Date: June 2007

The definitive study of Bill Monroe’s contributions to American and world music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Pressing On

Pressing On

The Roni Stoneman Story

Author: Roni Stoneman as told to Ellen Wright
Pub Date: April 2007

The tragicomic life story of one of America’s best-known country entertainers, told with warmth and honesty   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bluegrass Odyssey

Bluegrass Odyssey

A Documentary in Pictures and Words, 1966-86

Author: Carl Fleischhauer and Neil V. Rosenberg
Pub Date: 2007

The music and culture of bluegrass as revealed through striking photographs and commentary   learn more...

link to catalog page, Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians Author: Virginia Waring
Pub Date: February 2007

The life and music of “the man who taught America how to sing”   learn more...

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