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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 Bluegrass Reader Author: Edited by Thomas Goldsmith
Pub Date: Cloth: 2004; Paper: 2006

The complete history of this dynamic genre as told through the best of bluegrass writing   learn more...

link to catalog page, Chicago Blues

Chicago Blues

Portraits and Stories

Author: David Whiteis
Pub Date: April 2006

A descriptive tour through the places and personalities of the Chicago Blues scene, past and present   learn more...

link to catalog page, Don't Get above Your Raisin'

Don't Get above Your Raisin'

Country Music and the Southern Working Class

Author: Bill C. Malone
Pub Date: Cloth: 2002; Paper: 2006

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link to catalog page, Come Hither to Go Yonder

Come Hither to Go Yonder

Playing Bluegrass with Bill Monroe

Author: Bob Black
Pub Date: June 2005

The inside story on the Father of Bluegrass from one of his Blue Grass Boys   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bluegrass

Bluegrass

A History

Author: Neil V. Rosenberg
Pub Date: June 2005

The twentieth anniversary paperback edition, updated with a new preface   learn more...

link to catalog page, Lost Sounds

Lost Sounds

Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919

Author: Tim Brooks
Pub Date: Cloth: 2004; Paper: 2005

Biographies of the first African-American recording stars, and how they succeeded against tremendous odds   learn more...

link to catalog page, Race, Rock, and Elvis Author: Michael T. Bertrand
Pub Date: 2005

How a white take on black sounds revolutionized race relations   learn more...

link to catalog page, Dewey and Elvis

Dewey and Elvis

The Life and Times of a Rock 'n' Roll Deejay

Author: Louis Cantor
Pub Date: 2005

The pioneering deejay who brought rock 'n' roll to Memphis   learn more...

link to catalog page, Theremin

Theremin

Ether Music and Espionage

Author: Albert Glinsky
Pub Date: 2005

The riveting story of an eccentric musician-scientist turned Soviet spook   learn more...

link to catalog page, American Opera Author: Elise K. Kirk
Pub Date: 2005

A unique and invaluable resource for opera fans, new and old   learn more...

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