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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, 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...

link to catalog page, A City Called Heaven

A City Called Heaven

Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music

Author: Robert M. Marovich
Pub Date: April 2015

The music that helped free a people and lift a nation   learn more...

link to catalog page, Cybersonic Arts

Cybersonic Arts

Adventures in American New Music

Author: Gordon Mumma Edited with Commentary by Michelle Fillion
Pub Date: November 2015

A candid account of a broad artistic community by an active participant and observer   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Music of the Stanley Brothers Author: Gary B. Reid
Pub Date: January 2015

The premier guide to the lives and work of bluegrass icons   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Beautiful Music All Around Us

The Beautiful Music All Around Us

Field Recordings and the American Experience

Author: Stephen Wade
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: 2015

Uncovering the hidden histories of iconic American folksongs   learn more...

link to catalog page, Hawaiian Music in Motion

Hawaiian Music in Motion

Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels

Author: James Revell Carr
Pub Date: December 2014

The performance, reception, and transmission of Hawaiian music in the nineteenth century   learn more...

link to catalog page, George Szell

George Szell

A Life of Music

Author: Michael Charry
Pub Date: Cloth: 2011; Paper: January 2014

A comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century's greatest conductors   learn more...

link to catalog page, Roots of the Revival

Roots of the Revival

American and British Folk Music in the 1950s

Author: Ronald D. Cohen and Rachel Clare Donaldson
Pub Date: October 2014

Comparing the impact of the folk revival on each side of the Atlantic   learn more...

link to catalog page, Pioneers of the Blues Revival Author: Steve Cushing
Pub Date: June 2014

Eyewitness accounts of the blues' evolution into a global music phenomenon   learn more...

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