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Louise Talma: A Life in Composition

by Kendra Preston Leonard

American composer Louise Talma (1906-1996) was the first female winner of two back-to-back Guggenheim Awards (1946, 1947), the first American woman to have an opera premiered in Europe (1962), the first female...


Maggie's Boy

by Beryl Kingston

When Alison marries Rigby Toan she cannot believe her luck. Rigg is the perfect husband ? loving, ambitious and attractive ? and everybody envies them their happiness.

But when the recession takes hold Rigg's...


Cathy Berberian: Pioneer of Contemporary Vocality

by Pamela Karantonis, Francesca Placanica & Anne Sivuoja-Kauppala

Cathy Berberian (1925-1983) was a vocal performance artist, singer and composer who pioneered a way of composing with the voice in the musical worlds of Europe, North America and beyond. As a modernist muse...


Garcia: An American Life

by Blair Jackson

He was there when Dylan went electric, when a generation danced naked at Woodstock, and when Ken Kesey started experimenting with acid. Jerry Garcia was one of the most gifted musicians of all time, and he was...


Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll

by Peter Bebergal

This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll -- from the Beatles to Black Sabbath -- and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed...


History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

by Greil Marcus

Unlike all previous versions of rock 'n' roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points that everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil...


The History of Classical Music For Beginners

by R. Ryan Endris & Joe Lee

Music history is nearly as old as human civilization itself, and while it has permeated the arts and popular culture for centuries, it still has this mystifying aura surrounding it. But fear not—it’s not...


On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom

by Dennis Mcnally

On Highway 61 explores the historical context of the significant social dissent that was central to the cultural genesis of the sixties. The book is going to search for the deeper roots of American cultural...


Music, Travel, and Imperial Encounter in 19th-Century France: Musical Apprehensions

by Ruth Rosenberg

This book considers the activities and writings of early song collectors and proto-ethnomusicologists, memoirists, and other "musical travelers" in 19th-century France. Each of the book's discrete but interrelated...


Roots of the Revival: American and British Folk Music in the 1950s

by Ronald D. Cohen & Rachel Clare Donaldson

Comparing the impact of the folk revival on each side of the Atlantic


Gimme Indie Rock

by Andrew Earles

The ultimate guide to one of the most revered periods and movements in American rock history. The 1980s are one of the most ridiculed and parodied epochs in popular music-what with all the skinny lapels, synthesizers,...


Portraits in Jazz: 80 Profiles of Jazz Legends, Renegades and Revolutionaries

by Howard Reich

Howard Reich has reported on jazz for the Chicago Tribune for almost four decades, and in this time he has met musicians both celebrated and obscure. From his exclusive interviews with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett,...


Sites of Popular Music Heritage: Memories, Histories, Places

by Sara Cohen, Robert Knifton & Marion Leonard

This volume examines the location of memories and histories of popular music and its multiple pasts, exploring the different 'places' in which popular music can be situated, including the local physical site,...


The Underground Is Massive

by Michaelangelo Matos

Joining the ranks of Please Kill Me and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop comes this definitive chronicle of one of the hottest trends in popular culture—electronic dance music—from the noted authority covering...


Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits

by Jake Brown

You’ve heard them on the radio, listened to them on repeat for days, and sang along at the top of your lungs—but have you ever wondered about the real stories behind all your favorite country songs?

Nashville...


Black Music

by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)

The long-awaited reissue of the sequel to Amiri Baraka's seminal work, Blues People.


The Riot Grrrl Collection

by Lisa Darms, Kathleen Hanna & Johanna Fateman

The original manifestos, calls to arms, and rallying cries of the Riot Grrrl revolution, collected here for the first time.


Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

by Jan Swafford

The definitive book on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, written by the acclaimed biographer of Brahms and Ives.


Metrical Psalmody in Print and Practice: English 'Singing Psalms' and Scottish 'Psalm Buiks', c. 1547-1640

by Timothy Duguid

During the Reformation, the Book of Psalms became one of the most well-known books of the Bible. This was particularly true in Britain, where people of all ages, social classes and educational abilities memorized...


Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980¿1984

by IAN GLASPER

The product of years of research, travel, and countless conversations, Burning Britain is the true story of the UK punk scene from 1980 to 1984 told for the first time by the bands and labels that created it....