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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...


Patti Smith: America's Punk Rock Rhapsodist

by Eric Wendell Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 06, 2014)

In Patti Smith: America’s Punk Rock Rhapsodist, musician and historian Eric Wendell delves into the volatile mix of religious upbringing and musical and literary influences that gave shape to Smith’s lyrics,...


The Clash: The Only Band That Mattered

by Sean Egan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 06, 2014)

In The Clash: The Only Band That Matters, respected music critic Sean Egan examines The Clash’s career and art through the prism of the uniquely interesting and fractious UK politics of the Seventies and Eighties,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


The American Songbook: Music for the Masses

by Ann van der Merwe Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 22, 2016)

The American Songbook explores key aspects of individual song's popularizations, addressing how and why the tradition of standards was eventually usurped by rock and roll in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as how...


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...


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,...