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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, Harry T. Burleigh

Harry T. Burleigh

From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance

Author: Jean E. Snyder
Pub Date: March 2016

Reclaiming the unique life and soaring art of an essential American composer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Music in the Age of Anxiety

Music in the Age of Anxiety

American Music in the Fifties

Author: James Wierzbicki
Pub Date: March 2016

Rocking around the doomsday clock in 1950s America   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Magic of Beverly Sills Author: Nancy Guy
Pub Date: November 2015

How an alchemy of art, magnetism, community, and emotion produced an American icon   learn more...

link to catalog page, Cybersonic Arts

Cybersonic Arts

Adventures in American New Music

Author: Gordon Mumma Edited with Commentary by Michelle Fillion
Pub Date: November 2015

A candid account of a broad artistic community by an active participant and observer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Blues Unlimited

Blues Unlimited

Essential Interviews from the Original Blues Magazine

Author: Edited by Bill Greensmith, Mike Rowe, and Mark Camarigg
Pub Date: October 2015

The history of the blues from the musicians who lived it   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bird


The Life and Music of Charlie Parker

Author: Chuck Haddix
Pub Date: Cloth: 2013; Paper: February 2015

An in-depth portrait of the troubled jazz genius   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Beautiful Music All Around Us

The Beautiful Music All Around Us

Field Recordings and the American Experience

Author: Stephen Wade
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: 2015

Uncovering the hidden histories of iconic American folksongs   learn more...

link to catalog page, Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics

Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics

Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance

Author: Phil Jamison
Pub Date: July 2015

From cakewalks to clogging, a new history of a vital American art form   learn more...

link to catalog page, Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler

Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler

The Life and Times of a Piano Virtuoso

Author: Beth Abelson Macleod
Pub Date: July 2015

The dynamic life of a brilliant turn-of-the-century musician   learn more...

link to catalog page, Woody Guthrie, American Radical Author: Will Kaufman
Pub Date: Cloth: 2011; Paper: August 2015

Unearthing the legendary folkie's deep roots in radical politics   learn more...

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