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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, Homer Rodeheaver and the Rise of the Gospel Music Industry
E-book Sale: $19.95
Author: Kevin Mungons and Douglas Yeo
Pub Date: June 2021

From tent revivals to radio and records with a gospel music innovator   learn more...

link to catalog page, Punks in Peoria
E-book Sale: $14.95

Punks in Peoria

Making a Scene in the American Heartland

Author: Jonathan Wright and Dawson Barrett
Pub Date: June 2021

Punk rock culture in a preeminently average town   learn more...

link to catalog page, Unbinding Gentility
E-book Sale: $19.95

Unbinding Gentility

Women Making Music in the Nineteenth-Century South

Author: Candace Bailey
Pub Date: April 2021

Hearing southern women in the pauses of history   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Lady Swings
E-book Sale: $14.95

The Lady Swings

Memoirs of a Jazz Drummer

Author: Dottie Dodgion and Wayne Enstice
Pub Date: March 2021

Scenes from a jazz life   learn more...

link to catalog page, Industrial Strength Bluegrass
E-book Sale: $14.95

Industrial Strength Bluegrass

Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy

Author: Edited by Fred Bartenstein and Curtis W. Ellison
Pub Date: January 2021

High lonesome in the heartland   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bill Monroe
E-book Sale: $14.95

Bill Monroe

The Life and Music of the Blue Grass Man

Author: Tom Ewing
Pub Date: Cloth: September 2018; Paper: February 2021

From cradle to great, the comprehensive real story of Bill Monroe   learn more...

link to catalog page, Charles Ives's Concord
E-book Sale: $19.95

Charles Ives's Concord

Essays after a Sonata

Author: Kyle Gann
Pub Date: Cloth: June 2017; Paper: August 2021

A revolutionary exploration of Ives' transcendent masterpiece   learn more...

link to catalog page, Harry T. Burleigh
E-book Sale: $14.95

Harry T. Burleigh

From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance

Author: Jean E. Snyder
Pub Date: Cloth: March 2016; Paper: August 2021

Reclaiming the unique life and soaring art of an essential American composer   learn more...

link to catalog page, When Sunday Comes
E-book Sale: $14.95

When Sunday Comes

Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras

Author: Claudrena N. Harold
Pub Date: November 2020

Gospel music after the Golden Age   learn more...

link to catalog page, Soul on Soul
E-book Sale: $14.95

Soul on Soul

The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams

Author: Tammy L. Kernodle
Pub Date: October 2020

A jazz woman in a jazzman's world, with a new preface by the author   learn more...

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