Category Archives: music

On August 29, 1920 Charles Parker, Jr. was born in Kansas City, Kansas. As Chuck Haddix writes in Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker, the jazz icon’s launching pad was a home of two faces; an environment that … Continue reading

The University of Illinois Press is welcoming the Journal of Mormon History as the newest addition to the journals program. The Mormon History Association (MHA) is currently in its 50th year and the Journal of Mormon History is celebrating 41 … Continue reading

This week marks the anniversary of the death (?) of Elvis Presley, a transformative cultural figure of the twentieth or any other century. If you have memories of that afternoon in 1977, you perhaps recall what you were doing when news of … Continue reading

Murphy Hicks Henry, author of Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass, has been given a Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Musical Association (IBMA). The award is given to artists and organizations that have made significant contributions … Continue reading

Eighty-five years ago today, out where the warm trade winds blow, Don Ho began life in Hawai’i, one of the nicer outposts of our current reality. In time, his mellow singing entertained so many people that Don became synonymous with the … Continue reading

This month brings a number of new in paperback releases from the Fall 2015 season including four titles that delve into the deep well of of American music. George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait by Walter Rimler Legendary composer George Gershwin was … Continue reading

Monday marked the 75th anniversary of Bugs Bunny’s first appearance. Icon and Coyote-level mischief maker, tormentor of ducks and Fudds and violent cowboys, Bugs tapped into all kinds of pop culture in search of plots and laffs (as we spell … Continue reading

Today our 1915: Whatta Year! series turns to musician Willie Dixon, born on this date 100 years ago. Dixon brought the term “Hoochie Coochie man” to the mainstream and, oh, yeah, along with Muddy Waters shaped postwar Chicago blues. The pride of … Continue reading

Author Michael Hicks will be signing copies of his book The Mormon Tabernacle Choir:  A Biography at BookExpo America on Thursday, May 28 at 11am EDT. BookExpo America (BEA) is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an … Continue reading

For the tenth consecutive year, the University of Illinois Press will have a large presence at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest.  Festival goers can visit the University of Illinois Press tent on Dearborn Street, between Congress and Polk. … Continue reading