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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, Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet Author: Kenneth Morgan
Pub Date: Cloth: 2005; Paper: 2010

The life and legacy of a musical mastermind   learn more...

link to catalog page, Champagne Charlie and Pretty Jemima

Champagne Charlie and Pretty Jemima

Variety Theater in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Gillian M. Rodger
Pub Date: July 2010

A rich exploration of a pivotal nineteenth-century theater form   learn more...

link to catalog page, Sacred Steel

Sacred Steel

Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition

Author: Robert L. Stone
Pub Date: September 2010

The first in-depth look at a unique sacred music tradition   learn more...

link to catalog page, Music of the First Nations

Music of the First Nations

Tradition and Innovation in Native North America

Author: Edited by Tara Browner
Pub Date: April 2009

Covering the breadth of Native musical experience, from traditional to contemporary styles   learn more...

link to catalog page, George Gershwin

George Gershwin

An Intimate Portrait

Author: Walter Rimler
Pub Date: February 2009

The dramatic story of a legendary American composer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Working Girl Blues

Working Girl Blues

The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens

Author: Hazel Dickens and Bill C. Malone
Pub Date: April 2008

The life story of singer and songwriter Hazel Dickens, the inspiring voice of a whole generation of women and workers   learn more...

link to catalog page, Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Lost and Found

Author: Barry Lee Pearson and Bill McCulloch
Pub Date: August 2008

The biography of a giant in the history of blues music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bound for America

Bound for America

Three British Composers

Author: Nicholas Temperley
Pub Date: August 2008

Shedding light on three immigrant composers in an overlooked period of American music   learn more...

link to catalog page, California Polyphony

California Polyphony

Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads

Author: Mina Yang
Pub Date: March 2008

Probing the intersection of music and racial politics in California   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...

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