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Paul Simon: An American Tune

by Cornel Bonca Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 10, 2014)

In Paul Simon: An American Tune, Cornel Bonca considers Simon’s vast trove of songs in the biographical and cultural context in which he wrote them: from the pop cultural revolution of the 1960s which Simon...


Nikolay Myaskovsky: The Conscience of Russian Music

by Gregor Tassie Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 05, 2014)

Gregor Tassie describes Nikolay Myaskovsky as “one of the great enigmas of 20th-century Russian music.” Between the two world wars, the symphonies of Myaskovsky enjoyed great popularity and were performed...


The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music

by Craig Harris Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2014)

The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music explores the diverse influences on the quintet’s music, and the impact that their music had in turn on contemporary music and American society. Through previously unpublished...


Max Steiner: Composing, Casablanca, and the Golden Age of Film Music

by Peter Wegele Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 24, 2014)

This biography of Steiner provides insight into how the film music industry worked and functioned during the Golden era of film scores. The central part of this work is an analysis of Steiner’s score to Casablanca...


The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz: From Godspell to Wicked and Beyond

by Paul R. Laird Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 10, 2014)

This book is a detailed consideration of the various projects composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz has worked on throughout his career. Paul R. Laird discusses in length Schwartz’s major shows, including Godspell,...


Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art

by Lindsey R. Swindall Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 18, 2013)

Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art is the biography of an African American icon and a demonstration of historian Lindsey R. Swindall's knack for thorough, detailed research and reflection.


Phil Spector

by Sean MacLeod Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 15, 2017)

Phil Spector is a musician, songwriter and producer whose musical ability and visionary foresight as a producer charted the future of popular music and culture of the late 20th century. He revolutionized recording...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


Joseph Holbrooke: Composer, Critic, and Musical Patriot

by Paul Watt & Anne-Marie Forbes Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 23, 2014)

This is the first scholarly work to document the musical contribution of Joseph Holbrooke, one of Britain’s most controversial composers during the first half of the twentieth century. Paul Watt and Anne-Marie...


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,...


Rhythm Makers: The Drumming Legends of Nashville in Their Own Words

by Tony Artimisi Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 06, 2015)

In Rhythm Makers: The Legendary Drummers of Nashville in Their Own Words, Tony Artimisi documents through extensive interviews the work of some of the most influential drum kit players in popular music today,...


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.