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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, 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...

link to catalog page, Bluegrass Generation Author: Neil V. Rosenberg
Pub Date: June 2018

Bean Blossom, banjos, and bluegrass becoming bluegrass   learn more...

link to catalog page, Right to the Juke Joint

Right to the Juke Joint

A Personal History of American Music

Author: Patrick B. Mullen
Pub Date: May 2018

Notes from a lifetime loving American music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Sounds of the New Deal

Sounds of the New Deal

The Federal Music Project in the West

Author: Peter Gough
Pub Date: Cloth: 2015; Paper: February 2018

How the music of the people--all people--triumphed and reshaped America   learn more...

link to catalog page, Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry Author: Sandra Jean Graham
Pub Date: March 2018

Showbiz shaping sacred song’s soaring success   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Man That Got Away

The Man That Got Away

The Life and Songs of Harold Arlen

Author: Walter Rimler
Pub Date: Cloth: 2015; Paper: September 2018

Following the master songsmith along the Great White Way and the Yellow Brick Road   learn more...

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