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Feedback: The Who and Their Generation

by Casey Harison Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 06, 2014)

In Feedback: The Who and Their Generation, historian Casey Harison offers a cultural and social history of one of the most successful bands of the 1960s British Invasion.


British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence

by Simon Philo Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 06, 2014)

In The British Invasion, Simon Philo illustrates how this remarkable event in cultural history disrupted and even reversed pop culture’s default flow of influence, goods, and ideas—orchestrating a dramatic...


Looking and Listening: Conversations between Modern Art and Music

by Brenda Lynne Leach Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 13, 2014)

This book invites the art and music lover to place these two realms of creative endeavor in conversation with one another. In Looking and Listening, conductor and art connoisseur Brenda Leach explores unique...


Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion

by Durrell Bowman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 01, 2014)

In Experiencing Rush: A Listener’s Companion, music scholar Durrell Bowman guides readers through Rush’s long career, explaining through the artful combination of biography, history, and musical exegesis...


Carl Maria von Weber: Oberon and Cosmopolitanism in the Early German Romantic

by Joseph E. Morgan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 11, 2014)

In Carl Maria von Weber: Oberon and the Cosmopolitanism in the Early German Romantic, Joseph E. Morgan tracks the development of Weber’s musical style across his career, within the cultural context of Germany’s...


Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with Artists Who Shaped Indie and Roots Music

by David A. Ensminger Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2014)

In this book, music scholar David Ensminger offers a collection of compelling interviews with legendary roots rock and indie artists who bucked mainstream trends and have remained resilient in the face of enormous...


Franz Liszt, His Circle, and His Elusive Oratorio

by Xavier Jon Puslowski Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 09, 2014)

In this book, Xavier Puslowski presents a detailed study of the links between Liszt, his contemporaries, and his milieu. Using Saint Stanislas Oratorio as a focal point, Puslowski draws together the history...


Neoclassical Music in America: Voices of Clarity and Restraint

by R. James Tobin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 02, 2014)

In Neoclassical Music in America: Voices of Clarity and Restrain, music reviewer and scholar, R. James Tobin explores the origins and fate of neoclassicism, arguing how efforts to define musical neoclassicism...


Classical Music in a Changing Culture: Essays from The American Record Guide

by Donald Vroon Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 02, 2014)

In Classical Music in a Changing Culture, Donald Vroon takes no prisoners in assessing the challenges and failures and possible successes that confront America’s future as a nation of music listeners. Vroon...


The Aesthetic of Johann Sebastian Bach

by Andre Pirro & Joe Armstrong Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 20, 2014)

The Aesthetic of Johann Sebastian Bach (L’Esthéthique de Jean-Sébastien Bach), by the celebrated French musicologist André Pirro (1869?1943), was originally published in 1907 and reissued in 1973. It is...


Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs

by Jim Beviglia Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 04, 2014)

In Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs, rock writer Jim Beviglia reflects not only on why each song has earned its place on list but lays out the story behind each of the 100, supplying fresh...


Choral Masterpieces: Major and Minor

by Nicholas Tarling Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 16, 2014)

In Choral Masterpieces: Major and Minor, historian Nicholas Tarling offers short essays on over 28 works, from major masterpieces such as Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion to off-the-beaten...


100 Books Every Folk Music Fan Should Own

by Dick Weissman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 30, 2014)

In 100 Books Every Folk Music Fan Should Own, performer and historian Dick Weissman offers a reliable route through the growing sea of book-length studies, establishing for future scholars a foundation for their...


Playing Back the 80s

by Jim Beviglia Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 15, 2018)

The music of the 1980s left an indelible mark on pop culture. Thanks to the dawn of MTV and the increasing affordability of synthesizers, a generation of innovative artists took the world by storm to create...


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...


Experiencing Herbie Hancock

by Eric Wendell Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 15, 2018)

The musical output of pianist and composer Herbie Hancock is a design rarely seen in jazz; a child prodigy working their way up the ranks to elder statesman and influencing an entire generation of musicians...


Experiencing Progressive Rock

by Robert G. H. Burns Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 14, 2018)

In Experiencing Progressive Rock: A Listener's Companion, Robert G. H. Burns brings together the many strands that define the "prog rock" movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s to chart the evolution of...


Jazz in the 1970s

by Bill Shoemaker Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 20, 2017)

Breaking through pervasive misconceptions, Jazz in the 1970s explores a pivotal decade in jazz history. Many consider the 1970s to be the fusion decade, but Bill Shoemaker pushes back against this stereotype...


Experiencing Black Sabbath

by Nolan Stolz Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 08, 2017)

Black Sabbath is often credited with inventing heavy metal when they released their first album in 1970. Their new style of music was loud, brutal, scary, innovative, and highly influential on heavy metal bands...


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...


Brave Punk World

by James Greene Jr. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

Punk rock may have started in the United Kingdom and United States but it certainly didn’t stay in either country. The genre flew around the globe like a contagion, touching off simultaneous movements in nearly...


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,...


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...


Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

by Steve Sullivan & Dave Marsh Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 17, 2017)

Volumes 3 and 4 of the The Encyclopedia of More Great Popular Song Recordings provides the stories behind approximately 1,700 more of the greatest song recordings in the history of the music industry, from 1890...


Historical Dictionary of Popular Music

by Norman Abjorensen Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 25, 2017)

This book seeks to trace the rise of popular music, identify its key figures and track the origins and development of its multiple genres and styles, all the while seeking to establish historical context. It...


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...


Experiencing Film Music

by Kenneth LaFave Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 01, 2017)

Of all the elements that combine to make movies, music sometimes seems the forgotten stepchild. Yet it is an integral part of the cinematic experience. Minimized as mere “background music,” film scores enrich...


The Americana Revolution

by Michael Scott Cain Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2017)

The Americana Revolution: From Country and Blues Roots to the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and Beyond is an informal social history that describes Americana as both a musical genre and a movement, showing...


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...


Rockin' the Free World!: How the Rock & Roll Revolution Changed America and the World

by Sean Kay Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 29, 2016)

In Rockin' the Free World, international relations expert Sean Kay takes readers inside “Bob Dylan’s America” and shows how this vision linked the rock and roll revolution to American values of freedom,...


Counting Down the Beatles: Their 100 Finest Songs

by Jim Beviglia Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 02, 2017)

Counting Down the Beatles: Their 100 Finest Songs features Beviglia’s list of the finest songs in the band’s unparalleled oeuvre. Ranked in descending order from #100 to #1, each song is accompanied by a...


The Kinks: A Thoroughly English Phenomenon

by Carey Fleiner Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 28, 2017)

Carey Fleiner examines English rock group the Kinks and their social and cultural influences both on and by the group from the early '60s to present day. In and around the biographical survey of the band's career,...


Women's Bands in America: Performing Music and Gender

by Jill M. Sullivan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 12, 2016)

In the first comprehensive exploration of women’s bands in American history, contributors trace women's emerging roles in town, immigrant, family, school, suffrage, military, swing, and rock bands, as well...


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...


Orientalism and the Operatic World

by Nicholas Tarling Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 23, 2015)

Nicholas Tarling’s Orientalism and the Operatic World places opera in the context of its steady globalization over the last two centuries, offering key insights into such notable operas as George Frederic...


We Shall Overcome: Essays on a Great American Song

by Victor V. Bobetsky Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 23, 2014)

We Shall Overcome: Essays on a Great American Song, edited and compiled by Victor V. Bobetsky, comprises essays that explore the origins, history, and impact of this great American folk song.


Ethnomusicologizing: Essays on Music in the New Paradigms

by Bill Banfield Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 13, 2015)

Ethnomusicologizing contains writings on contemporary music and culture studies. In this work, Banfield instructs readers in the ways by which we may better appreciate and understand creative artistry and process,...


Classical Listening: Two Decades of Reviews from The American Record Guide

by Rob Haskins Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 05, 2015)

Classical Listening: Two Decades of Reviews of Reviews from The American Record Guide collects the several hundred reviews produced since Rob Haskins’s start in the mid-1990s. A performer and musicologist,...


Listen Again: A New History of Music

by David Wulstan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 29, 2015)

How do you tell the key of a piece without looking at a score? How do you know when a musical work ended before an audience applauds or a radio announcer returns on air? Was there, in fact, a “breakdown 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...


Musical Exodus: Al-Andalus and Its Jewish Diasporas

by Ruth F. Davis Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 17, 2015)

The essays in Musical Exodus: Al-Andalus and its Jewish Diasporas extend beyond the music of medieval Iberia and its Mediterranean Jewish diasporas to wider aspects of Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim relations....


Experiencing Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Companion

by David Schroeder Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 10, 2015)

In Experiencing Tchaikovsky: A Listener’s Companion, historian and scholar David Schroeder looks beyond traditional views of Tchaikovsky to explore the dramatic impact of his music by walking readers through...


Counting Down the Rolling Stones: Their 100 Finest Songs

by Jim Beviglia Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 05, 2015)

No band has ever been able to demonstrate the enduring power of rock and roll quite like The Rolling Stones, who continue to enthrall, provoke, and invigorate their legions of fans more than fifty years since...


Listening to Art Song: An Introduction

by Margaret Olson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 01, 2015)

In Listening to Art Song, Margaret Olson offers an easy-to-read, fresh perspective on the remarkably diverse musical genre of art song, surveying for readers such topics as the development of song, the elements...