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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, Sounds of the New Deal

Sounds of the New Deal

The Federal Music Project in the West

Author: Peter Gough
Pub Date: Cloth: 2015; Paper: February 2018

How the music of the people--all people--triumphed and reshaped America   learn more...

link to catalog page, Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry Author: Sandra Jean Graham
Pub Date: March 2018

Showbiz shaping sacred song’s soaring success   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Man That Got Away

The Man That Got Away

The Life and Songs of Harold Arlen

Author: Walter Rimler
Pub Date: Cloth: 2015; Paper: 2018

Following the master songsmith along the Great White Way and the Yellow Brick Road   learn more...

link to catalog page, Just One of the Boys

Just One of the Boys

Female-to-Male Cross-Dressing on the American Variety Stage

Author: Gillian M. Rodger
Pub Date: January 2018

Manning up to take the stage by storm   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bluegrass Generation Author: Neil V. Rosenberg
Pub Date: June 2018

Bean Blossom, banjos, and bluegrass becoming bluegrass   learn more...

link to catalog page, May Irwin

May Irwin

Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy

Author: Sharon Ammen
Pub Date: January 2017

The vivid life and startling times of a forgotten entertainer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger

A Life of Music, Love, and Politics

Author: Jean R. Freedman
Pub Date: March 2017

The first full-length biography of the music legend   learn more...

link to catalog page, Charles Ives's Concord

Charles Ives's Concord

Essays after a Sonata

Author: Kyle Gann
Pub Date: June 2017

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

link to catalog page, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Author: Michael Hicks
Pub Date: Cloth: 2015; Paper: August 2017

The triumphant journey of a beloved musical institution   learn more...

link to catalog page, George Szell's Reign

George Szell's Reign

Behind the Scenes with the Cleveland Orchestra

Author: Marcia Hansen Kraus
Pub Date: October 2017

Shaping dissonance into beauty with the master conductor   learn more...

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