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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, Bird

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...

link to catalog page, A City Called Heaven

A City Called Heaven

Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music

Author: Robert M. Marovich
Pub Date: April 2015

The music that helped free a people and lift a nation   learn more...

link to catalog page, Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini

Reinventing Film Music

Author: John Caps
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: August 2015

A superstar of film scoring, from The Pink Panther to "Moon River"   learn more...

link to catalog page, Twentieth Century Drifter

Twentieth Century Drifter

The Life of Marty Robbins

Author: Diane Diekman
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: August 2015

Country singer, racecar driver, restless seeker   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: March 2015

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

link to catalog page, George Gershwin

George Gershwin

An Intimate Portrait

Author: Walter Rimler
Pub Date: Cloth: 2009; Paper: August 2015

The dramatic story of a legendary American composer   learn more...

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