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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 Accordion in the Americas

The Accordion in the Americas

Klezmer, Polka, Tango, Zydeco, and More!

Author: Edited by Helena Simonett
Pub Date: October 2012

The accordion in the new world   learn more...

link to catalog page, Then Sings My Soul

Then Sings My Soul

The Culture of Southern Gospel Music

Author: Douglas Harrison
Pub Date: May 2012

Reading between the lines of southern gospel music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Live Fast, Love Hard

Live Fast, Love Hard

The Faron Young Story

Author: Diane Diekman
Pub Date: Cloth: 2007; Paper: February 2012

A guts and glory biography of honky-tonk great Faron Young   learn more...

link to catalog page, Crowe on the Banjo

Crowe on the Banjo

The Music Life of J. D. Crowe

Author: Marty Godbey
Pub Date: September 2011

A musical biography of one of bluegrass's true pioneers   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bean Blossom

Bean Blossom

The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festivals

Author: Thomas A. Adler
Pub Date: June 2011

A long look back at the home of legendary bluegrass festivals and jamborees   learn more...

link to catalog page, Traveling Home

Traveling Home

Sacred Harp Singing and American Pluralism

Author: Kiri Miller
Pub Date: Cloth: 2008; Paper: 2010

How the participatory tradition of Sacred Harp singing fosters a diverse musical community   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Makers of the Sacred Harp Author: David Warren Steel with Richard H. Hulan
Pub Date: December 2010

A comprehensive guide to the texts and tunes of an American musical tradition   learn more...

link to catalog page, Gone to the Country

Gone to the Country

The New Lost City Ramblers and the Folk Music Revival

Author: Ray Allen
Pub Date: October 2010

Exploring the cultural impact of a northern band's southern music   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Incredible Band of John Philip Sousa Author: Paul Edmund Bierley
Pub Date: Cloth: 2006; Paper: 2010

The ultimate reference on America's marching band marvel   learn more...

link to catalog page, Sacred Steel

Sacred Steel

Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition

Author: Robert L. Stone
Pub Date: September 2010

The first in-depth look at a unique sacred music tradition   learn more...

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