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Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions

by Duane Tudahl & Questlove Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 15, 2018)

Featuring even more groundbreaking, never-before-heard stories, the expanded edition of Duane Tudahl's book pulls back the paisley curtain to reveal the untold story of Prince’s rise from cult favorite to...

Glam Rock

by Simon Philo & Scott Calhoun Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 15, 2018)

Until recently, glam rock has featured as a mere footnote in popular music history: a style over substance lark in an otherwise serious industry. Glam Rock: Music in Sound and Vision reveals the true story of...

Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature

by Christine A. Jenkins & Michael Cart Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 20, 2018)

Discussions of gender and sexuality have become part of mainstream conversations and are being reflected in the work of more and more writers of fiction, particularly in literature aimed at young adult audiences....

Counting Down Elvis

by Mark Duffett Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 15, 2018)

Over the course of the last six decades, Elvis Presley has sold more than a billion records; his music has touched nearly every modern listener. Despite an avalanche of books on his life, there are, surprisingly,...

Nationalist and Populist Composers

by Steve Schwartz Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 22, 2017)

Populism and nationalism in classical music held a significant place between the world wars with composers such as George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein creating a soundtrack to the lives of...

French Vocal Literature

by Georgine Resick Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 22, 2017)

French Vocal Literature: Repertoire in Context introduces singers to the history and performance concerns of a vast body of French songs from the twelfth century to the present, focusing on works for solo voice...

Experiencing Chopin

by Christine Lee Gengaro Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 20, 2017)

Experiencing Chopin: A Listener’s Companion, Christine Lee Gengaro surveys Chopin’s position as a composer at a time when the piano stood at the center of musical and social life. Throughout, she shines...

The Confident Choir

by Michael Bonshor Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 06, 2017)

The Confident Choir is an exploration of conditions affecting the confidence levels in singers of all levels to create an accessible synthesis of the psychological models and offer practical confidence-building...

Experiencing Ornette Coleman

by Michael Stephans Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

Saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Ornette Coleman, along with pianist Cecil Taylor, was one of the founding forces of the Free Jazz movement which took the music world by storm in the...

Experiencing Chick Corea

by Monika Herzig Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

With twenty-three Grammy wins, Chick Corea is a legendary jazz figure and one of the most prolific and influential contemporary pianists of our time. He has produced hundreds of releases in multiple genres over...

Experiencing Bessie Smith

by John Clark Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

Experiencing Bessie Smith, John Clark chronicles Bessie Smith’s vital contribution to and influence on music, the music industry, and the recording industry. While her recording career lasted only a decade,...

Dealing with Death

by Kathlyn Gay Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

Death is a sensitive subject for most people. Whether due to fear or superstition, many individuals avoid the topic of mortality. For teens, the subject is taboo as well. Most young adults believe that death...

Experiencing the Beatles: A Listener's Companion

by Brooke Halpin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

Brooke Halpin takes the reader on a magical adventure through the Beatles’ entire catalog of remarkable, timeless songs to discover the circumstances that inspired the songs and brought four Liverpudlian musicians...

Debussy's Paris

by Catherine Kautsky Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 15, 2017)

Debussy’s Paris: Piano Portraits of the Belle Époque explores how key works reflect not only the most appealing and innocent aspects of Paris but also more disquieting attitudes of the time such as racism,...

Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga

by Randall Bonser Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 01, 2017)

Interest in comic books, graphic novels, and manga has never been greater, and fans of these works continue to grow around the world. From American superheroes like Superman and Spiderman to Japanese manga like...


by Rekha S. Rajan, Daniel R. Tomal, Christian V. Hauser & Bj Thomas et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 31, 2017)

A musical composer, guitar rocker, and lyric opera singer team up to write this sensational book on songwriting. This book includes everything you want to know about the core competencies of songwriting, elements...

Experiencing Carl Maria von Weber

by Joseph E. Morgan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 06, 2017)

Scholars have long recognized Carl Maria von Weber as the father of the German Romantic and Nationalist music. The success of his opera Der Freischütz almost single handedly brought German operatic style onto...

The Alexander Scriabin Companion

by Lincoln Ballard, Matthew Bengtson & John Bell Young Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 27, 2017)

This unique collaboration between a musicologist and two pianists – all experts in Russian music – takes a fresh look at the supercharged music and polarizing reception of the Russian composer Alexander...

Billy Joel

by Joshua S. Duchan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 16, 2017)

Despite his tremendous success, Billy Joel’s gifts as a composer and commentator on American life are long overdue for a thorough investigation. In Billy Joel: America’s Piano Man, music historian Joshua...

Elmer Bernstein's The Magnificent Seven

by Mariana Whitmer Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 31, 2017)

The Magnificent Seven was a Western reimagining of the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. Despite such stars as Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, and Charles Bronson, the film was not terribly successful when it premiered....

The Real Tales of Hoffmann

by Michael Kaye, Vincent Giroud & Placido Domingo Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 17, 2017)

Of all operas in the standard repertory, none has had a more complicated genesis and textual history than Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. Based on a highly successful 1851 play inspired by the short stories...

Jason Molina

by Erin Osmon Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 15, 2017)

Erin Osmon presents a detailed, human account of the Rust Belt–born musician Jason Molina—a visionary, prolific, and at times cantankerous singer-songwriter with an autodidactic style that captivated his...

U2: Rock 'n' Roll to Change the World

by Timothy D. Neufeld Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 01, 2017)

Timothy D. Neufeld explores U2’s many phases of artistic expression and cultural engagement and the band's employment of faith and activism as a foundation for success. Through close readings of their musical...

Singing in Brazilian Portuguese

by Marcía Porter Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 27, 2017)

Singing in Brazilian Portuguese: A Guide to Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire makes Brazilian modinhas and canções accessible to singers through an overview of the history of the language and music, brief...

Polish Style in the Music of Johann Sebastian Bach

by Szymon Paczkowski Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 21, 2017)

Now appearing in an English translation, this book by Szymon Paczkowski is the first in-depth exploration of the Polish style in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach spent almost thirty years living and...

Earl Scruggs

by David L. Russell, Gordon Castelnero & Béla Fleck Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 17, 2017)

As Earl Scruggs picked his banjo with machine gun precision at his 1945 debut at the Ryman Auditorium, he set in motion a successful career and enduring legacy that would eclipse anything the humble farm boy...

Epilepsy: The Ultimate Teen Guide

by Kathlyn Gay Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 15, 2017)

An updated overview of epilepsy that specifically addresses how this condition can affect teens. Epilepsy: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Second Edition gives positive, factual information and explains how young people...

The Life and Songs of Stephen Foster: A Revealing Portrait of the Forgotten Man Behind "Swanee River," "Beautiful Dreamer," and "My Old Kentucky Home"

by JoAnne O'Connell Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 29, 2016)

JoAnne O’Connell reveals a prolific composer who concealed his sympathies for slaves in his plantation songs and wrote in diverse styles to satisfy the changing tastes of his generation. This intimate biography...

Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Francis Tabone Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 04, 2016)

One out of every 68 persons is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In addition, about 1 percent of the world population is afflicted with this condition. There is a vast amount of conjecture surrounding...

English and German Diction for Singers: A Comparative Approach

by Amanda Johnston Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 25, 2016)

This resource offers a thorough analysis of the German and English languages and includes oral drills, word lists, tables, charts, musical examples, and tongue twisters. Unique to this publication is the illustration...

Pregnancy and Parenting: The Ultimate Teen Guide

by Jessica Akin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 09, 2016)

This book is for teen mothers and fathers who want to break the perception of unplanned teen pregnancies—that having a baby as a teen pretty much translates to being uneducated, on welfare, or from a teen...

Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's The Dark Knight: A Film Score Guide

by Vasco Hexel Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 02, 2016)

One of the most successful films inspired by comic books, The Dark Knight was the second feature of a trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan. One of the film’s highlights was its rich score, created by two...

James Newton Howard's Signs: A Film Score Guide

by Erik Heine Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 14, 2016)

Eight-time Oscar nominee, James Newton Howard is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after composers. Though The Sixth Sense is the most famous collaboration of Howard and director M. Night Shyamalan, the film...

Activism: The Ultimate Teen Guide

by Kathlyn Gay Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 14, 2016)

This book looks at the many opportunities for teen activism and shows how more teens can get involved in causes that are important to them. Among the causes most important to teens covered in this book are campaigns...

David Shire's The Conversation: A Film Score Guide

by Juan Chattah Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 08, 2015)

Though overshadowed by the critical and commercial success of The Godfather, Part II, Francis Ford Coppola’s other film of 1974 still managed to snag Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Picture....

Sting and The Police: Walking in Their Footsteps

by Aaron J. West Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 01, 2015)

In Sting and The Police: Walking in Their Footsteps, Aaron J. West explores the cultural and musical impact of Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers, and Sting. West details the distinctive hybrid character of The...

Experiencing David Bowie: A Listener's Companion

by Ian Chapman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 01, 2015)

In Experiencing David Bowie: A Listener's Companion, musicologist, writer, and musician Ian Chapman unravels the extraordinary marriage of sound and visual effect that lies at the heart of the work of one of...

Rhythm Is My Beat: Jazz Guitar Great Freddie Green and the Count Basie Sound

by Alfred Green Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 06, 2015)

In Rhythm Is My Beat: Jazz Guitar Great Freddie Green and the Count Basie Sound, Alfred Green tells the story of his father, rhythm guitarist Freddie Green, whose guitar work served as the pulse of the Count...

Self-Injury: The Ultimate Teen Guide

by Judy Dodge Cummings Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 02, 2015)

This book looks at the causes of why teens turn to self-injury and the different ways that young adults resort to this harmful form of expression. The book also offers advice for family and friends on what signs...

Food Allergies: The Ultimate Teen Guide

by Jessica Reino Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 25, 2015)

More than 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies. This book is one of the few aimed specifically at teens and specifically at food allergies. It shows teens how to cope with their allergies and become...

Spirituality in Young Adult Literature: The Last Taboo

by Patty Campbell & Chris Crowe Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 24, 2015)

This book examines the presentation of spiritual issues in young adult fiction. It looks at how religious ideas, and those matters that are defined more broadly as spiritual, are represented. YA novels are selected...

Autism in Young Adult Novels: An Annotated Bibliography

by Marilyn Irwin, Annette Y. Goldsmith & Rachel Applegate Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 17, 2015)

In this volume, the authors identify and assess all young adult novels that include autism content—either suggested or stated overtly—beginning with a novel published in 1968.

Shyness: The Ultimate Teen Guide

by D J. D Carducci & Lisa Kaiser Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 11, 2015)

While a number of books have been published on social anxiety disorder, few focus on teen readers. This book examines myths about shyness and explores why some individuals are shy, why others aren’t, and what...

John Green: Teen Whisperer

by Kathleen Deakin, Laura A. Brown & James Blasingame Jr. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 09, 2015)

This book examines the life and work of John Green, who in a very short time has established himself as one of the most successful authors of young adult novels. In addition to providing background material...

Kris Kristofferson: Country Highwayman

by Mary G. Hurd Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 04, 2015)

With a career in music and film that has spanned over forty years, Kristofferson began as a singer-songwriter. In this book, Mary G. Hurd surveys the life and works of this highly respected American songwriter,...

This Thing Called Music: Essays in Honor of Bruno Nettl

by Victoria Lindsay Levine & Philip V. Bohlman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 21, 2015)

In This Thing Called Music: Essays in Honor of Bruno Nettl, editors Victoria Lindsay Levine and Philip V. Bohlman salute not only a great scholar and beloved teacher, but also a thinker whose search for the...

Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad

by Rufus Jones Jr. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 16, 2015)

In this book, conductor and scholar Rufus Jones, Jr. brings to light a literal treasure trove of unpublished primary sources to tell the compelling story of the great American conductor, Dean Dixon.

Creativity: The Ultimate Teen Guide

by Aryna Ryan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 06, 2015)

While there are countless books focused on craft projects for young adults and teens, few describe how creativity actually relates to teens or shows them how to access their creative selves. This book is designed...

Sexual Content in Young Adult Literature: Reading between the Sheets

by Bryan Gillis & Joanna Simpson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 10, 2015)

This volume examines adolescent sexuality and how it is represented in young adult literature. The authors show how sexual content in such books can contribute to a richer and more fulfilling reading experience...

Virginity in Young Adult Literature after Twilight

by Christine Seifert Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 27, 2015)

This book looks at how popular young adult literature fetishizes virginity. Christine Seifert examines how and why so much romance and dystopian fiction—the two most popular genres in YA lit—have focused...