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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.


Artful Noise

Percussion Literature in the Twentieth Century

Author: Thomas Siwe
Pub Date: July 2020

The authoritative text on the artists, works, and innovations of the percussion revolution   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Heart of a Woman

The Heart of a Woman

The Life and Music of Florence B. Price

Author: Rae Linda Brown Edited and with a Foreword by Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr.
Pub Date: June 2020

An in-depth look at the music of the groundbreaking black woman composer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Always the Queen

Always the Queen

The Denise LaSalle Story

Author: Denise LaSalle, with David Whiteis
Pub Date: May 2020

The autobiography of the southern soul superstar   learn more...

Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls

Women’s Country Music, 1930-1960

Author: Stephanie Vander Wel
Pub Date: March 2020

Pioneering women and their soundtrack of searching in country music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger

A Life of Music, Love, and Politics

Author: Jean R. Freedman
Pub Date: Cloth: March 2017, Paper: February 2020

A full-length biography of the folk music legend   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Cashaway Psalmody

The Cashaway Psalmody

Transatlantic Religion and Music in Colonial Carolina

Author: Stephen A. Marini
Pub Date: January 2020

Reviving spirit and music from the pages of a once-lost text   learn more...

link to catalog page, A Guru’s Journey

A Guru’s Journey

Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora

Author: Sarah Morelli
Pub Date: December 2019

The work and art of a dance master in America   learn more...

link to catalog page, Blues Before Sunrise 2

Blues Before Sunrise 2

Interviews from the Chicago Scene

Author: Steve Cushing
Pub Date: November 2019

Face-to-face with the blues, one more time   learn more...

link to catalog page, Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown

The Making of an American Classic

Author: Thomas Goldsmith
Pub Date: October 2019

The breakneck banjo tune that became a song for the ages   learn more...

link to catalog page, Blues Legacy

Blues Legacy

Tradition and Innovation in Chicago

Author: David Whiteis
Pub Date: October 2019

Chicago blues artists performing against the backdrop of history   learn more...

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