SAM 2020 Virtual Exhibit

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press Society for American Music 2020 virtual exhibit! Step inside and take a look at some of our featured titles on music in America, as well as interviews with UIP authors and specially curated playlists inspired by our books. Don’t forget to use promo code SAM20 to get 50% off all music books on our website! Plus, buy 3 books and get a free copy of the Spring 2020 issue of American Music. The sale runs July 16-18, 2020, so don’t miss out!

Tammy Kernodle is the president of the Society of American Music and author of Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams

Please welcome Todd Decker, the new editor of American Music. Read more about him here.

A toast to UIP winners of 2019 SAM awards

Naomi André, winner of the Irving Lowens Book Award

Katherine K. Preston, winner of the Distinguished Service Citation 

Marian Wilson Kimber, winner of a Sight and Sound Subvention

New Books

Let’s Talk!

Make an appointment to talk about your book project with music editor Laurie Matheson or about your journal article with Todd Decker, editor of American Music.

To schedule an appointment with Laurie Matheson, please email

Click here to view the Music in American Life Series

To schedule an appointment with Todd Decker, please email 

Click here for American Music, currently available on JSTOR for free access

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Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton

Always the Queen: The Denise LaSalle Story

Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music

Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls: Women’s Country Music, 1930-1960

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