Category Archives: music

June is Black Music Month! Here are several titles to help you celebrate and appreciate black artists who have influenced the music industry. Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement Naomi Andre Naomi André draws on the experiences of performers and audiences … Continue reading

Remember President William McKinley? Maybe you discussed the Dingley Tariff just the other day. Actually, most people remember McKinley because an anarchist shot him in the early months of his second term in office. His passing opened the door for Theodore Roosevelt. Countless hours of public television … Continue reading

Naomi André is an associate professor in the departments of African and Afroamerican Studies and Women’s Studies and the associate director in the Residential College at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Voicing Gender: Castrati, Travesti, and the Second … Continue reading

 In honor of Women’s History Month, UIP will be releasing weekly reading lists with some of our favorite women’s history books. We are joining the call to #PressforProgress for gender equality, and we will be updating our Little Free Library, … Continue reading

This black history month, UIP is joining the #ReadingBlackout challenge and we want you to too! The Reading Blackout challenge was created by YouTuber Denise D. Cooper and it’s a call to prioritize reading books by African American authors during … Continue reading

Jean R. Freedman earned a Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University. She is the author of Whistling in the Dark: Memory and Culture in Wartime London. She recently answered some questions about her biography Peggy Seeger: A Life of Music Love and … Continue reading

During the holiday break, we received the sad news that bluegrass pioneer Curly Seckler had passed away at the age of 98. “The greatest tenor singer of all time,” said Marty Stuart, and indeed Seckler’s vocal and mandolin work with the … Continue reading

One hundred-and-one years ago, Francis Albert Sinatra entered the world in Hoboken, New Jersey. He proceeded to live one of the more completely lived lives this side of Casanova. Though foiled by television, Sinatra otherwise thrived across mass media, earning love … Continue reading

Everyone knows that books make the best gifts. Especially for yourself! Stock up on these books for all your gift giving needs this holiday season. Now through December 1, 2017, use code WINTER17 on our site to get 30% off!  For … Continue reading

Here are 5 essential books that explore the sociopolitical and historical contexts of jazz music.   1. Jazz Internationalism By John Lowney “Indispensable to African American literary and cultural studies, jazz studies, and internationalist leftist studies. Its discussion of how jazz … Continue reading