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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, Champagne Charlie and Pretty Jemima

Champagne Charlie and Pretty Jemima

Variety Theater in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Gillian M. Rodger
Pub Date: July 2010

A rich exploration of a pivotal nineteenth-century theater form   learn more...

link to catalog page, Restless Giant

Restless Giant

The Life and Times of Jean Aberbach and Hill and Range Songs

Author: Bar Biszick-Lockwood
Pub Date: April 2010

An in-depth look at the career of Jean Aberbach, legendary founder of Hill and Range Songs   learn more...

link to catalog page, Hard Luck Blues

Hard Luck Blues

Roots Music Photographs from the Great Depression

Author: Rich Remsberg
Pub Date: April 2010

Poignant images of music making during the Depression, captured with precision and purpose   learn more...

link to catalog page, Record Makers and Breakers

Record Makers and Breakers

Voices of the Independent Rock 'n' Roll Pioneers

Author: John Broven
Pub Date: Cloth: 2009; Paper: 2010

A widely acclaimed history of the creative trailblazers of the independent rock 'n' roll record industry   learn more...

link to catalog page, Long Lost Blues

Long Lost Blues

Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920

Author: Peter C. Muir
Pub Date: February 2010

The first comprehensive examination of the early blues industry and the music it produced   learn more...

link to catalog page, Charles Ives Reconsidered Author: Gayle Sherwood Magee
Pub Date: Cloth: 2008; Paper: 2010

An engaging reassessment of the seminal American composer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet Author: Kenneth Morgan
Pub Date: Cloth: 2005; Paper: 2010

The life and legacy of a musical mastermind   learn more...

link to catalog page, I Feel a Song Coming On

I Feel a Song Coming On

The Life of Jimmy McHugh

Author: Alyn Shipton
Pub Date: September 2009

From ragtime to rock 'n' roll, the definitive biography of a great, unsung American composer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Life Flows On in Endless Song

Life Flows On in Endless Song

Folk Songs and American History

Author: Robert V. Wells
Pub Date: August 2009

An engaging survey of what folk songs tell us about the American past   learn more...

link to catalog page, Music of the First Nations

Music of the First Nations

Tradition and Innovation in Native North America

Author: Edited by Tara Browner
Pub Date: April 2009

Covering the breadth of Native musical experience, from traditional to contemporary styles   learn more...

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