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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.


Los Romeros

Royal Family of the Spanish Guitar

Author: Walter Aaron Clark
Pub Date: August 2018

The fascinante biography of a musical dynasty   learn more...

Right to the Juke Joint

A Personal History of American Music

Author: Patrick B. Mullen
Pub Date: June 2018

Notes from a lifetime loving American music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bluegrass Generation Author: Neil V. Rosenberg
Pub Date: June 2018

Bean Blossom, banjos, and bluegrass becoming bluegrass   learn more...

Author: Edited by Robert B. Winans
Pub Date: June 2018

West African precursors, African-Caribbean origins, North American journeys   learn more...

link to catalog page, Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry Author: Sandra Jean Graham
Pub Date: April 2018

Showbiz shaping sacred song’s soaring success   learn more...

Author: Steve Cushing
Pub Date: March 2018

An updated edition of the acclaimed collection with new, rare interviews   learn more...

link to catalog page, Sounds of the New Deal

Sounds of the New Deal

The Federal Music Project in the West

Author: Peter Gough
Pub Date: Cloth: 2015; Paper: 2018

How the music of the people--all people--triumphed and reshaped America   learn more...

link to catalog page, Just One of the Boys

Just One of the Boys

Female-to-Male Cross-Dressing on the American Variety Stage

Author: Gillian M. Rodger
Pub Date: January 2018

Manning up to take the stage by storm   learn more...

link to catalog page, George Szell's Reign

George Szell's Reign

Behind the Scenes with the Cleveland Orchestra

Author: Marcia Hansen Kraus
Pub Date: October 2017

Shaping dissonance into beauty with the master conductor   learn more...

link to catalog page, Don't Give Your Heart to a Rambler

Don't Give Your Heart to a Rambler

My Life with Jimmy Martin, the King of Bluegrass

Author: Barbara Martin Stephens
Pub Date: August 2017

Life with a legend against the backdrop of bluegrass's golden age   learn more...

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