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  1. BLUE RHYTHMS

    BLUE RHYTHMS

    By Chip Deffaa

    Series Music in American Life

    University of Illinois Press

    Somebody has to pay the dues, says La Vern Baker. Here are the remarkable stories of six dazzlingly talented performers who blazed the R & B trail -- the story of the performers' music and also of their struggle against racism... Learn More
    Published: 31st December 2020
    Paperback | £13.99
  2. The Cashaway Psalmody
    Hardback | £54.00
  3. Unsettled Scores
    The Hollywood careers of Aaron Copland and Hanns Eisler brought the composers and their high art sensibility into direct conflict with the premier producer of America's potent mass culture. Drawn by Hollywood's potential to reach—and... Learn More
    Published: 16th December 2019
    Hardback | £82.00
    Paperback | £21.99
  4. A Guru’s Journey
    Hardback | £91.00
    Paperback | £21.99
  5. Blues Before Sunrise 2
    In this new collection of interviews, Steve Cushing once again invites readers into the vaults of Blues Before Sunrise, his acclaimed nationally syndicated public radio show. Icons from Memphis Minnie to the Gay Sisters stand... Learn More
    Published: 16th November 2019
    Hardback | £82.00
    Paperback | £19.99
  6. Blues Legacy
    Published: 16th October 2019
    Hardback | £91.00
    Paperback | £19.99
  7. Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown
    Recorded in 1949, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" changed the face of American music. Earl Scruggs's instrumental essentially transformed the folk culture that came before it while helping to energize bluegrass's entry into... Learn More
    Published: 30th September 2019
    Hardback | £82.00
    Paperback | £15.99
  8. Mormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints adopted the vocal and theatrical traditions of American musical theater as important theological tenets. As Church membership grew, leaders saw how the genre could help define the... Learn More
    Published: 30th June 2019
    Hardback | £82.00
    Paperback | £19.99
  9. Peggy Glanville-Hicks
    As both composer and critic, Peggy Glanville-Hicks contributed to the astonishing cultural ferment of the mid-twentieth century. Her forceful voice as a writer and commentator helped shape professional and public opinion on the... Learn More
    Published: 16th June 2019
    Hardback | £91.00
    Paperback | £23.99
  10. Dancing Revolution
    Throughout American history, patterns of political intent and impact have linked the wide range of dance movements performed in public places. Groups diverse in their cultural or political identities, or in both, long ago seized... Learn More
    Published: 15th May 2019
    Hardback | £91.00
    Paperback | £21.99
  11. Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz
    Leonard Bernstein's gifts for drama and connecting with popular audiences made him a central figure in twentieth century American music. Though a Bernstein work might reference anything from modernism to cartoon ditties, jazz... Learn More
    Published: 16th March 2019
    Hardback | £91.00
    Paperback | £21.99
  12. Rethinking American Music

    Rethinking American Music

    Edited by Tara Browner and Thomas Riis

    Series Music in American Life

    University of Illinois Press

    In Rethinking American Music, Tara Browner and Thomas L. Riis curate essays that offer an eclectic survey of current music scholarship. Ranging from Tin Pan Alley to Thelonious Monk to hip hop, the contributors go beyond repertory... Learn More
    Published: 16th March 2019
    Hardback | £91.00
    Paperback | £27.99
  13. Transforming Women's Education
    Female seminaries in nineteenth-century America offered middle-class women the rare privilege of training in music and the liberal arts. A music background in particular provided the foundation for a teaching career, one of the... Learn More
    Published: 30th January 2019
    Hardback | £82.00
    Paperback | £21.99
  14. Bill Monroe
    The Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe was a major star of the Grand Ole Opry for over fifty years; a member of the Country Music, Songwriters, and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame; and a legendary figure in American music. This... Learn More
    Published: 7th September 2018
    Hardback | £27.99
  15. Banjo Roots and Branches

    Banjo Roots and Branches

    Edited by Robert B Winans

    Series Music in American Life

    University of Illinois Press

    The story of the banjo's journey from Africa to the western hemisphere blends music, history, and a union of cultures. In Banjo Roots and Branches, Robert B. Winans presents cutting-edge scholarship that covers the instrument's... Learn More
    Published: 15th August 2018
    Hardback | £82.00
    Paperback | £25.99
  16. Dixie Dewdrop
    One of the earliest performers on WSM in Nashville, Uncle Dave Macon became the Grand Ole Opry's first superstar. His old-time music and energetic stage shows made him a national sensation and fueled a thirty-year run as one of... Learn More
    Published: 14th August 2018
    Paperback | £15.99
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