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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, Making the March King

Making the March King

John Philip Sousa's Washington Years, 1854-1893

Author: Patrick Warfield
Pub Date: Cloth: 2013; Paper: February 2016

The legendary bandleader's early career and rise to fame   learn more...

link to catalog page, Music in the Age of Anxiety

Music in the Age of Anxiety

American Music in the Fifties

Author: James Wierzbicki
Pub Date: March 2016

Rocking around the doomsday clock in 1950s America   learn more...

link to catalog page, Blue Rhythm Fantasy

Blue Rhythm Fantasy

Big Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era

Author: John Wriggle
Pub Date: August 2016

Discovering the overlooked arrangers who built the Swing Era sound   learn more...

link to catalog page, Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini

Reinventing Film Music

Author: John Caps
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: August 2015

A superstar of film scoring, from The Pink Panther to "Moon River"   learn more...

link to catalog page, Twentieth Century Drifter

Twentieth Century Drifter

The Life of Marty Robbins

Author: Diane Diekman
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: August 2015

Country singer, racecar driver, restless seeker   learn more...

link to catalog page, Blues Unlimited

Blues Unlimited

Essential Interviews from the Original Blues Magazine

Author: Edited by Bill Greensmith, Mike Rowe, and Mark Camarigg
Pub Date: October 2015

The history of the blues from the musicians who lived it   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Magic of Beverly Sills Author: Nancy Guy
Pub Date: November 2015

How an alchemy of art, magnetism, community, and emotion produced an American icon   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bird

Bird

The Life and Music of Charlie Parker

Author: Chuck Haddix
Pub Date: Cloth: 2013; Paper: February 2015

An in-depth portrait of the troubled jazz genius   learn more...

link to catalog page, Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics

Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics

Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance

Author: Phil Jamison
Pub Date: July 2015

From cakewalks to clogging, a new history of a vital American art form   learn more...

link to catalog page, Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler

Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler

The Life and Times of a Piano Virtuoso

Author: Beth Abelson Macleod
Pub Date: July 2015

The dynamic life of a brilliant turn-of-the-century musician   learn more...

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