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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, Where Did Our Love Go?

Where Did Our Love Go?

The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound

Author: Nelson George
Pub Date: October 2007

An inside look at Motown and its founder, available again   learn more...

link to catalog page, Together Let Us Sweetly Live

Together Let Us Sweetly Live

The Singing and Praying Bands

Author: Jonathan C. David, with photographs by Richard Holloway
Pub Date: July 2007

A forgotten and beautiful African American folk tradition re-examined   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Music of Bill Monroe Author: Neil V. Rosenberg and Charles K. Wolfe
Pub Date: June 2007

The definitive study of Bill Monroe’s contributions to American and world music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Pressing On

Pressing On

The Roni Stoneman Story

Author: Roni Stoneman as told to Ellen Wright
Pub Date: April 2007

The tragicomic life story of one of America’s best-known country entertainers, told with warmth and honesty   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bluegrass Odyssey

Bluegrass Odyssey

A Documentary in Pictures and Words, 1966-86

Author: Carl Fleischhauer and Neil V. Rosenberg
Pub Date: 2007

The music and culture of bluegrass as revealed through striking photographs and commentary   learn more...

link to catalog page, Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians Author: Virginia Waring
Pub Date: February 2007

The life and music of “the man who taught America how to sing”   learn more...

link to catalog page, Author: Ben Johnston
Pub Date: November 2006

The selected writings of an innovative composer   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Bill Monroe Reader Author: Edited by Tom Ewing
Pub Date: Cloth: 2000; Paper: 2006

This multi-faceted and richly illustrated reader traces the career of the “Father of Bluegrass Music” who transformed a local musical style into a unique national music form   learn more...

link to catalog page, Homegrown Music

Homegrown Music

Discovering Bluegrass

Author: Stephanie P. Ledgin
Pub Date: September 2006

The perfect starting place for bluegrass beginners   learn more...

link to catalog page, Staging Tradition

Staging Tradition

John Lair and Sarah Gertrude Knott

Author: Michael Ann Williams
Pub Date: August 2006

The colorful and detailed story of folk music’s pioneering stage presenters   learn more...

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