The Music of Multicultural America
Performance, Identity, and Community in the United States

Edited by Kip Lornell
and Anne K. Rasmussen

464 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 42 b&w illustrations (approx.), index

9781628462203 Printed casebinding $80.00S

9781496803740 Paper $40.00S

Printed casebinding, $80.00

Paper, $40.00

The classic text on American musical expression, updated with four new chapters

Contributions by Susan M. Asai, GageAverill, Theo Cateforis, Gabriel Desrosiers, Mark F. DeWitt, James S. Griffith, Elena Humpherys, James P. Leary, Sarah Morelli, Ron Pen, Brenda M. Romero, Henry Sapoznik, Christopher A. Scales, Daniel Sheehy, and Ann Morrison Spinney

The Music of Multicultural America explores the intersection of performance, identity, and community in a wide range of musical expressions. Fifteen essays explore traditions that range from the Klezmer revival in New York, to Arab music in Detroit, to West Indian steelbands in Brooklyn, to Kathak music and dance in California, to Irish music in Boston, to powwows in the midwestern plains, to Hispanic and native musics of the Southwest borderlands. Many chapters demonstrate the processes involved in supporting, promoting, and reviving community music. Others highlight the ways in which such American institutions as city festivals or state and national folklife agencies come into play.

Thirteen themes and processes outlined in the introduction unify the collection's fifteen case studies and suggest organizing frameworks for student projects. Due to the diversity of music profiled in the book--Mexican mariachi, African American gospel, Asian West Coast jazz, women's punk, French-American Cajun, and Anglo-American sacred harp--and to the methodology of fieldwork, ethnography, and academic activism described by the authors, the book is perfect for courses in ethnomusicology, world music, anthropology, folklore, and American studies.

Audio and visual materials that support each chapter are freely available on the website supported by the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University.

Kip Lornell, Silver Springs, Maryland, teaches at George Washington University, and among his fourteen books are Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States; The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C.; and Shreveport Sounds in Black and White. Anne K. Rasmussen, Williamsburg, Virginia, is professor of music and ethnomusicology and the Bickers Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the College of William and Mary. She is author of Women, the Recited Qur'an and Islamic Music in Indonesia and coauthor of Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia.

464 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 42 b&w illustrations (approx.), index