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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.


Interviews with American Composers

Barney Childs in Conversation

Author: Barney Childs Edited by Virginia Anderson
Pub Date: January 2022

Twenty-three influential composers, in their own words   learn more...

Author: Shana Goldin-Perschbacher
Pub Date: January 2022

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Elliott Carter Speaks

Unpublished Lectures

Author: Elliott Carter Edited and with an Introduction by Laura Emmery
Pub Date: December 2021

Revelatory talks by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer   learn more...

Tania León’s Stride

A Polyrhythmic Life

Author: Alejandro L. Madrid
Pub Date: November 2021

A new biography of the classical music artist   learn more...

Peace Be Still

How James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir Created a Gospel Classic

Author: Robert M. Marovich
Pub Date: November 2021

The story of a historic Black gospel recording   learn more...

Lying in the Middle

Musical Theater and Belief at the Heart of America

Author: Jake Johnson
Pub Date: September 2021

Imagining a better world from regional and local stages across the nation   learn more...

Politics as Sound

The Washington, DC, Hardcore Scene, 1978-1983

Author: Shayna L. Maskell
Pub Date: September 2021

When punk rock and politics collided in the nation's capital   learn more...

link to catalog page, Listening to Bob Dylan Author: Larry Starr
Pub Date: September 2021

Experiencing and re-experiencing Dylan's music   learn more...

The Sounds of Place

Music and the American Cultural Landscape

Author: Denise Von Glahn
Pub Date: September 2021

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link to catalog page, Americanaland

Americanaland

Where Country & Western Met Rock 'n’ Roll

Author: John Milward
Pub Date: June 2021

A musical genre forever outside the lines   learn more...

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