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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, Marian McPartland's Jazz World Author: Marian McPartland
Pub Date: 2005

Updated edition of jazz pianist and radio host Marian McPartland’s tribute to legendary musicians   learn more...

link to catalog page, That Toddlin' Town

That Toddlin' Town

Chicago's White Dance Bands and Orchestras, 1900-1950

Author: Charles A. Sengstock Jr.
Pub Date: December 2004

The unknown story of the business behind the bands that became an industry   learn more...

link to catalog page, Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture Author: Patricia R. Schroeder
Pub Date: July 2004

An examination of the culture of myth making by looking at the myths surrounding Robert Johnson and how they were used by various writers and artists   learn more...

link to catalog page, Composing a World

Composing a World

Lou Harrison, Musical Wayfarer

Author: Leta E. Miller and Fredric Lieberman
Pub Date: May 2004

An exploration of the life and works of one of America's most original composers   learn more...

link to catalog page, Colin McPhee

Colin McPhee

Composer in Two Worlds

Author: Carol J. Oja
Pub Date: March 2004

A study of a pioneer among American composers, his life, his influences on fellow musicians, and his struggles as a composer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Heartbeat of the People

Heartbeat of the People

Music and Dance of the Northern Pow-wow

Author: Tara Browner
Pub Date: 2004

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link to catalog page, Rap Music and Street Consciousness Author: Cheryl L. Keyes
Pub Date: 2004

Rap from its earliest roots to the present day   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bluegrass Breakdown

Bluegrass Breakdown

The Making of the Old Southern Sound

Author: Robert Cantwell
Pub Date: November 2003

“Best single academic book on bluegrass”   learn more...

link to catalog page, Way Up North in Dixie

Way Up North in Dixie

A Black Family's Claim to the Confederate Anthem

Author: Howard L. Sacks and Judith Rose Sacks
Pub Date: November 2003

Who really wrote the classic song “Dixie”? A white musician, or an African American family of musicians and performers?   learn more...

link to catalog page, Sinful Tunes and Spirituals

Sinful Tunes and Spirituals

Black Folk Music to the Civil War

Author: Dena J. Epstein
Pub Date: September 2003

Classic study of black slave music in America   learn more...

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