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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, The Music of the Stanley Brothers Author: Gary B. Reid
Pub Date: January 2015

The premier guide to the lives and work of bluegrass icons   learn more...

link to catalog page, Hawaiian Music in Motion

Hawaiian Music in Motion

Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels

Author: James Revell Carr
Pub Date: December 2014

The performance, reception, and transmission of Hawaiian music in the nineteenth century   learn more...

link to catalog page, Roots of the Revival

Roots of the Revival

American and British Folk Music in the 1950s

Author: Ronald D. Cohen and Rachel Clare Donaldson
Pub Date: October 2014

Comparing the impact of the folk revival on each side of the Atlantic   learn more...

link to catalog page, King of the Queen City

King of the Queen City

The Story of King Records

Author: Jon Hartley Fox
Pub Date: Cloth: 2009; Paper: August 2014

From James Brown to the Stanley Brothers, the glory years of a pioneering independent American record company   learn more...

link to catalog page, Yankee Twang

Yankee Twang

Country and Western Music in New England

Author: Clifford R. Murphy
Pub Date: October 2014

A groundbreaking treatment of a region overlooked in the recent surge of country music scholarship   learn more...

link to catalog page, Blues All Day Long

Blues All Day Long

The Jimmy Rogers Story

Author: Wayne Everett Goins
Pub Date: September 2014

The life and music of one of the most influential Chicago blues figures   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Creolization of American Culture

The Creolization of American Culture

William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy

Author: Christopher J. Smith
Pub Date: Cloth: 2013; Paper: November 2014

Illustrating the multiethnic performance practices that led to minstrelsy   learn more...

link to catalog page, George Szell

George Szell

A Life of Music

Author: Michael Charry
Pub Date: Cloth: 2011; Paper: January 2014

A comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century's greatest conductors   learn more...

link to catalog page, Pioneers of the Blues Revival Author: Steve Cushing
Pub Date: June 2014

Eyewitness accounts of the blues' evolution into a global music phenomenon   learn more...

link to catalog page, Charles Ives in the Mirror

Charles Ives in the Mirror

American Histories of an Iconic Composer

Author: David C. Paul
Pub Date: Cloth: 2013; Paper: November 2014

Locating representations of Ives within American cultural history   learn more...

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