Category Archives: music

July’s free ebook is here! We’re giving away Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music by Vincent L. Stephens! The all-embracing, “whaddya got?” nature of rebellion in Fifties America included pop music’s … Continue reading

We recently talked to co-authors Jonathan Wright and Dawson Barrett about their new book, Punks in Peoria: Making a Scene in the American Heartland. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? DAWSON: Though the book is not really … Continue reading

We recently talked to co-authors Kevin Mungons and Douglas Yeo about their new book, Homer Rodeheaver and the Rise of the Gospel Music Industry. Q: Why did you decide to write this book—and how did you meet? Both of us … Continue reading

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press Society for American Music 2021 virtual exhibit! Step inside and take a look at some of our featured titles as well as interviews with UIP authors and specially curated playlists inspired by our … Continue reading

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press’s virtual exhibit for the 37th Annual International Country Music Conference! We hope you’ll step inside our virtual booth and browse new books, featured music playlists, author and staff interviews, and more. Use promo … Continue reading

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press’s virtual exhibit for the 2021 Association for Recorded Sound Collections annual conference! We hope you’ll step inside our virtual booth and browse new books, journals, author and staff interviews, and more. Be sure … Continue reading

Candace Bailey, author of Unbinding Gentility: Women Making Music in the Nineteenth-Century South, recently answered some questions about the inspirations behind and discoveries she made while writing her new book. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? In … Continue reading

In this volume of Bach Perspectives, Laura Buch edits essays that reconsider parody, transcription, and adaptation in the sphere of the composer J.S. Bach. In Bach Perspectives, Volume 13: Bach Reworked the contributors delve into works of eighteenth-century composers from … Continue reading

Leta E. Miller and J. Michele Edwards are the authors of Chen Yi in our Women Composers series. Co-author, Leta E. Miller answers questions about her motivations for writing and their influences, and discoveries while writing the book. Q: Why … Continue reading

Co-editors, Fred Bartenstein and Curtis W. Ellison, of Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio’s Musical Legacy answer questions abut their influences, discoveries, and dispel myths about bluegrass music. Q: Why did you decide to put this collection together? Bartenstein: The story … Continue reading