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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, Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet Author: Kenneth Morgan
Pub Date: Cloth: 2005; Paper: 2010

The life and legacy of a musical mastermind   learn more...

link to catalog page, Burn, Baby! BURN!

Burn, Baby! BURN!

The Autobiography of Magnificent Montague

Author: Magnificent Montague with Bob Baker
Pub Date: Cloth: 2003; Paper: 2009

Reflections from the legendary R & B deejay whose signature sound seared the airwaves   learn more...

link to catalog page, Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Lost and Found

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

Sifting fact from fiction to rediscover the real life of the blues music pioneer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bound for America

Bound for America

Three British Composers

Author: Nicholas Temperley
Pub Date: August 2008

Three immigrant composers and the music of an overlooked era   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

The corrido and its complex relationship with violence   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

Revealing bluegrass music and culture through photographs and commentary   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Bill Monroe Reader Author: Edited by Tom Ewing
Pub Date: Cloth: 2000; Paper: 2006

An eclectic, richly illustrated reader on the Father of Bluegrass   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Bluegrass Reader Author: Edited by Thomas Goldsmith
Pub Date: Cloth: 2004; Paper: 2006

A collection of classic writings on bluegrass and its artists   learn more...

link to catalog page, Don't Get above Your Raisin'

Don't Get above Your Raisin'

Country Music and the Southern Working Class

Author: Bill C. Malone
Pub Date: Cloth: 2002; Paper: 2006

What the music means to working people, by the dean of country music authors   learn more...

link to catalog page, Come Hither to Go Yonder

Come Hither to Go Yonder

Playing Bluegrass with Bill Monroe

Author: Bob Black
Pub Date: June 2005

The inside story on the Father of Bluegrass from one of his Blue Grass Boys   learn more...

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