Tag Archives: music

The average person considers a university press a rather humorless concern. Just look at a catalog and you’ll see pages of works by serious scholars, many of whom insist on addressing the kaleidoscope of injustices humans visit upon other humans. While it’s … Continue reading

Tonight, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) will induct folklorist, musician, bluegrass historian, and University of Illinois Press author Neil V. Rosenberg into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame at its awards show in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rosenberg currently serves … Continue reading

Story songs had won love from an admiring public since the days when drunken Vikings flung wandering skalds into a nearby volcano. When the wireless came along, story songs filled the air in a different way. The story song “El … Continue reading

The release of the film Get On Up in early August rekindled interest in the life and music of James Brown. One of the most staggeringly influential entertainers in American culture, a man for whom we need to invent a … Continue reading

  Stephen Wade, author the recent book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, was a guest on the April 8, 2013, edition of WGN-TV’s Midday News.

The November 17, 2008, issue of Publishers Weekly includes an enthusiastic review of John Broven’s forthcoming book Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneers (February 2009). “Covering the convoluted history of the recording industry from … Continue reading

NPR affiliate WJFF Radio Catskill will air a segment featuring an interview with Hazel Dickens at 12:00 noon eastern time on Tuesday, April 15, 2008.  Listen live, or via the station archives following the broadcast. The new book Working Girl Blues: The … Continue reading