Category Archives: reviews

Smithsonian Magazine recently delved into the fascinating history behind baking powder. Linda Civitello, the author of Baking Powder Wars, was consulted as an expert. Read all about the cutthroat fight that revolutionized cooking here.

“Pretty much every modern electronic artist you consider ‘out-there’ will appear a lot more ‘in-here’ when you’ve heard this.”–Rob Fitzpatrick, writing for The Guardian, on Gordon Mumma’s Electronic Music of Theater and Public Activity.  A pioneer of electronic music, Gordon Mumma cofounded … Continue reading

Nearly sixteen years past her death, poet Denise Levertov’s work and life continue to fascinate.  Dana Greene’s biography of the poet, Denise Levertov: A Poet’s Life has gained new acclaim with reviews on two prominent websites. Carl McColman writes on The … Continue reading

Orchestra and opera conductor George Szell was known not only for his prolific career and innovations, but also for his tempestuous personality. Referred to, even in his obituary, as a “tyrant of the baton,” Szell, was also a very influential mentor and teacher. … Continue reading

The January 13, 2013, edition of The New York Times includes a review of Aurora Wallace’s new University of Illinois book Media Capital: Architecture and Communications in New York City. “News buffs and urban planners alike will appreciate . . . Media … Continue reading

The October 27, 2012, issue of The Wall Street Journal includes a review of the new book, Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir by Josh Graves, edited by Fred Bartenstein. “Graves’s name won’t ring a bell for many outside musicians’ circles, but … Continue reading

Following the critical success of Marion Jacobson’s Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America, we are publishing Helena Simonett’s edited volume The Accordion in the Americas: Klezmer, Polka, Tango, Zydeco, and More! The book includes chapters on accordion culture … Continue reading

Last week Timothy Messer-Kruse, author of The Haymarket Conspiracy: Transatlantic Anarchist Networks, published a post on his own blog in response to a negative review in Dissent. While tacitly acknowledging that not everyone will like or agree with his work, … Continue reading

The September 14, 2012, edition of The Wall Street Journal includes Terry Teachout’s enthusiastic review of Stephen Wade’s new book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience. “Following in Mr. [Alan] Lomax’s footsteps, Mr. Wade … Continue reading

This week the Los Angeles Times published a sparkling review of Stephen Wade’s new book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience. “Musician and folklorist Stephen Wade dissects and celebrates the vast diversity of American culture in The … Continue reading