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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, Lost Sounds

Lost Sounds

Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919

Author: Tim Brooks
Pub Date: Cloth: 2004; Paper: 2005

Biographies of the first African-American recording stars, and how they succeeded against tremendous odds   learn more...

link to catalog page, Dewey and Elvis

Dewey and Elvis

The Life and Times of a Rock 'n' Roll Deejay

Author: Louis Cantor
Pub Date: 2005

The pioneering deejay who brought rock 'n' roll to Memphis   learn more...

link to catalog page, Theremin


Ether Music and Espionage

Author: Albert Glinsky
Pub Date: 2005

The riveting story of an eccentric musician-scientist turned Soviet spook   learn more...

link to catalog page, American Opera Author: Elise K. Kirk
Pub Date: 2005

A unique and invaluable resource for opera fans, new and old   learn more...

link to catalog page, Marian McPartland's Jazz World Author: Marian McPartland
Pub Date: 2005

Updated edition of jazz pianist and radio host Marian McPartland’s tribute to legendary musicians   learn more...

link to catalog page, That Toddlin' Town

That Toddlin' Town

Chicago's White Dance Bands and Orchestras, 1900-1950

Author: Charles A. Sengstock Jr.
Pub Date: December 2004

The unknown story of the business behind the bands that became an industry   learn more...

link to catalog page, Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture Author: Patricia R. Schroeder
Pub Date: July 2004

An examination of the culture of myth making by looking at the myths surrounding Robert Johnson and how they were used by various writers and artists   learn more...

link to catalog page, Composing a World

Composing a World

Lou Harrison, Musical Wayfarer

Author: Leta E. Miller and Fredric Lieberman
Pub Date: May 2004

An exploration of the life and works of one of America's most original composers   learn more...

link to catalog page, Colin McPhee

Colin McPhee

Composer in Two Worlds

Author: Carol J. Oja
Pub Date: March 2004

A study of a pioneer among American composers, his life, his influences on fellow musicians, and his struggles as a composer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Heartbeat of the People

Heartbeat of the People

Music and Dance of the Northern Pow-wow

Author: Tara Browner
Pub Date: 2004

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