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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, 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...

A Guru’s Journey

Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora

Author: Sarah Morelli
Pub Date: November 2019

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

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...

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, 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: July 2019

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

link to catalog page, Dancing Revolution

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...

link to catalog page, Rethinking American Music 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...

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