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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, A Cole Porter Companion Author: Edited by Don M. Randel, Matthew Shaftel, and Susan Forscher Weiss
Pub Date: July 2016

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it--go ahead, do it, read about Cole Porter   learn more...

link to catalog page, Foggy Mountain Troubadour

Foggy Mountain Troubadour

The Life and Music of Curly Seckler

Author: Penny Parsons
Pub Date: May 2016

The bluegrass legend's road from Carolina cotton fields to Nashville Grass   learn more...

link to catalog page, Jazzing

Jazzing

New York City's Unseen Scene

Author: Thomas H. Greenland
Pub Date: April 2016

An intimate account of jazz and community   learn more...

link to catalog page, Cafe Society

Cafe Society

The wrong place for the Right people

Author: Barney Josephson with Terry Trilling-Josephson
Pub Date: Cloth: 2009; Paper: February 2016

The story of the night club impresario whose wildly successful interracial club, Cafe Society, changed the American artistic landscape forever   learn more...

link to catalog page, Waiting for Buddy Guy

Waiting for Buddy Guy

Chicago Blues at the Crossroads

Author: Alan Harper
Pub Date: March 2016

Encounters with blues royalty   learn more...

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...

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