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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 Late Great Johnny Ace and the Transition from R&B to Rock 'n' Roll Author: James M. Salem
Pub Date: 2001

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link to catalog page, That Old-Time Rock & Roll

That Old-Time Rock & Roll

A Chronicle of an Era, 1954-63

Author: Richard Aquila
Pub Date: October 2000

Great fun, this illustrated, fact-filled trivia guidebook to the first decade of rock & roll, breezily written (but painstakingly accurate), will take the baby boomer down a musical memory lane strewn with genuine “golden-oldies.”   learn more...

link to catalog page, Zarzuela


Spanish Operetta, American Stage

Author: Janet L. Sturman
Pub Date: October 2000

The first book on this re-emerging Hispanic art-form, bridging classical and popular music, traces the Zarzuela from its beginnings in 17th century Spain to its burgeoning new awareness via the Internet and its role in defining American urban ethnicity.   learn more...

link to catalog page, Long Steel Rail

Long Steel Rail

The Railroad in American Folksong (2d ed.)

Author: Norm Cohen
Pub Date: May 2000

The largest and most authoritative source on railroad folksong   learn more...

link to catalog page, Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland

The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man

Author: Howard Pollack
Pub Date: April 2000

The first time in paperback, this is the best full-length biography of Aaron Copland, his life and his music   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Golden Age of Gospel Author: Text by Horace Clarence Boyer Photography by Lloyd Yearwood
Pub Date: March 2000

The best and most definitive history of gospel music in the United States, enhanced by the emotion-packed photos of Lloyd Yearwood   learn more...

link to catalog page, Sixties Rock

Sixties Rock

Garage, Psychedelic, and Other Satisfactions

Author: Michael Hicks
Pub Date: Cloth: 1999; Paper: 2000

Traces “garage” and “psychedelic” rock from the 50’s through the sixties, unfolds the history and the sonic structures of some of rock’s core repertoire   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bitter Music

Bitter Music

Collected Journals, Essays, Introductions, and Librettos

Author: Harry Partch
Pub Date: 2000

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link to catalog page, Mountains of Music

Mountains of Music

West Virginia Traditional Music from Goldenseal

Author: John Lilly
Pub Date: November 1999

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link to catalog page, The Erotic Muse

The Erotic Muse

American Bawdy Songs

Author: Ed Cray
Pub Date: 1999

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