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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, Mormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America Author: Jake Johnson
Pub Date: July 2019

Using others' voices to bring one closer to God   learn more...

link to catalog page, Peggy Glanville-Hicks

Peggy Glanville-Hicks

Composer and Critic

Author: Suzanne Robinson
Pub Date: June 2019

A unique woman's unstoppable journey to the center of American music   learn more...

Dancing Revolution

Bodies, Space, and Sound in American Cultural History

Author: Christopher J. Smith
Pub Date: May 2019

Using dance as a political language to unite and resist   learn more...

link to catalog page, Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz Author: Katherine Baber
Pub Date: March 2019

Shaping jazz into symphonies and show tunes—only in America   learn more...

Author: Edited by Tara Browner and Thomas L. Riis
Pub Date: March 2019

Eclectic topics, cutting-edge research, and America's musical heritage   learn more...

link to catalog page, Transforming Women’s Education

Transforming Women’s Education

Liberal Arts and Music in Female Seminaries

Author: Jewel A. Smith
Pub Date: February 2019

Groundbreaking schools at the forefront of musical and educational change   learn more...

link to catalog page, Dixie Dewdrop

Dixie Dewdrop

The Uncle Dave Macon Story

Author: Michael D. Doubler
Pub Date: September 2018

From Tennessee earth to hillbilly heaven with the grandfather of country music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe

The Life and Music of the Blue Grass Man

Author: Tom Ewing
Pub Date: September 2018

From cradle to great, the comprehensive real story of Bill Monroe   learn more...

link to catalog page, Banjo Roots and Branches Author: Edited by Robert B. Winans
Pub Date: September 2018

West African precursors, African-Caribbean origins, North American journeys   learn more...

link to catalog page, Los Romeros

Los Romeros

Royal Family of the Spanish Guitar

Author: Walter Aaron Clark
Pub Date: July 2018

The fascinante biography of a musical dynasty   learn more...

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