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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, In It for the Long Run

In It for the Long Run

A Musical Odyssey

Author: Jim Rooney
Pub Date: March 2014

The memoir of the songwriter and Grammy-winning record producer   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Creolization of American Culture

The Creolization of American Culture

William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy

Author: Christopher J. Smith
Pub Date: Cloth: 2013; Paper: November 2014

Illustrating the multiethnic performance practices that led to minstrelsy   learn more...

link to catalog page, One Woman in a Hundred

One Woman in a Hundred

Edna Phillips and the Philadelphia Orchestra

Author: Mary Sue Welsh
Pub Date: Cloth: 2013; Paper: January 2014

Breaking the gender barrier inside a world-class orchestra   learn more...

link to catalog page, Sweet Air

Sweet Air

Modernism, Regionalism, and American Popular Song

Author: Edward P. Comentale
Pub Date: April 2013

Finding meaning in the clash of modern life and local, rural musical culture   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Great Orchestrator

The Great Orchestrator

Arthur Judson and American Arts Management

Author: James M. Doering
Pub Date: March 2013

The powerful music manager behind world-class orchestras and virtuoso artists in the early twentieth century   learn more...

link to catalog page, Air Castle of the South

Air Castle of the South

WSM and the Making of Music City

Author: Craig Havighurst
Pub Date: Cloth: 2007; Paper: April 2013

How WSM put Nashville on the map of American entertainment   learn more...

link to catalog page, Pretty Good for a Girl

Pretty Good for a Girl

Women in Bluegrass

Author: Murphy Hicks Henry
Pub Date: June 2013

Untold and unsung stories of women in bluegrass   learn more...

link to catalog page, Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

The World of Patsy Cline

Author: Edited by Warren R. Hofstra
Pub Date: September 2013

A cultural history of the first female legend of country music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Southern Soul-Blues Author: David Whiteis
Pub Date: May 2013

Earthy and exuberant music with deep Southern roots   learn more...

link to catalog page, Live Fast, Love Hard

Live Fast, Love Hard

The Faron Young Story

Author: Diane Diekman
Pub Date: Cloth: 2007; Paper: February 2012

A guts and glory biography of honky-tonk great Faron Young   learn more...

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