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Sounding Bodies

Shows how nineteenth-century discoveries in acoustical science shaped Victorian literary representations of gender, sexuality, and intimacy.

Music's Making

A personal voyage of discovery drawing on musicology, literary theory, Jewish studies, and philosophical phenomenology.

The Jazz Problem

How jazz spurred a generational debate that reshaped American culture.

Early Jazz

A concise history of early jazz, from its major innovators to its unrecognized heroes.

From Blues to Beyoncé

Explores how Black women have continually used sound to convey stories and forge community across generations.

Folklore Matters

By Bruce Jackson
Subjects: Literature

Celebrates over a half-century of the work of one of America's greatest folklorists.

The Sound of Vultures' Wings

Explores the music of the Tibetan Chöd tradition.

The Power of Practice

Situates yoga practice within a musical context in the life and work of famed violinist Yehudi Menuhin

A Theory of Harmony

The classic work on Levy’s theory of negative harmony.

Resonances against Fascism

Makes a case for the power of music and sound in the face of fascistic forces, from modernism to the present.

Jazz with a Beat

The neglected small group swing sound of the 1940s–60s takes its place in the pantheon of jazz literature.

Baroque Counterpoint

The classic text on Baroque Counterpoint, enlarged and revised, drawing from the master composers of the era.

Expanding the Music Theory Canon

The first music theory anthology to provide 255 topically arranged examples by 67 historical women and people of color

Pepper Adams

A compelling biography of virtuoso, baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams and how his life intersected with some of the greatest poets, writers, painters, and musicians of his time.

Haight-Ashbury, Psychedelics, and the Birth of Acid Rock

Illuminates the beginnings, downfall, and legacy of the acid-inspired, spontaneous, and playful approach to life and music in Haight-Ashbury from 1964–1967.

Ducktails, Drive-ins, and Broken Hearts

An unflinching look at the triumphs and tragedies of '50s rock and roll, from the biggest stars, like Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins, to those who barely grabbed the spotlight.

Musicology of Religion

Spearheads a new field for the combined study of religion and music, drawing upon theories and methods of the social sciences, ethnomusicology, philosophy, theology, liturgical studies, and cognitive studies.

Perfect Pitch, Third Revised Edition

The autobiography of one of the 20th century’s most innovative and wittiest composers/performers/authors who witnessed the birth of modern music.

Blues on Stage

Tells the story of classic blues singers from Ma Rainey to Bessie Smith.

Tommy, Trauma, and Postwar Youth Culture

The cultural history of one of rock's greatest masterpieces told through the eyes of its creator.

A Philosophy of Music Education

A Philosophy of Music Education is considered the classic text on the relation of aesthetics to the practical teaching and performing of music.

Bob Dylan's New York

A walking tour and history of Bob Dylan's life and time in New York, from Greenwich Village to Woodstock.

Free Jazz

A new and accessible introduction to this exciting, controversial, and often misunderstood music, drawing on extensive research, close listening, and the author’s experience as a performer.

Punk Rock

Shows how punk rock shaped modern culture around the world.

(White)Washing Our Sins Away

Analyzes how White American mainline Protestants used the internal musical controversies of the turn-of-the-millennium Worship Wars to negotiate their shifting position within the nation's diversifying religious and sociopolitical ecosystems.