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American Made Music Series

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Knowing Jazz

Ken Prouty argues that knowledge of jazz, or more to the point, claims to knowledge of jazz, are the prime movers in forming jazz's identity, its canon, and its community. Every jazz artist, critic, or ...

Scotty and Elvis

When Elvis Presley first showed up at Sam Phillips's Memphis-based Sun Records studio, he was a shy teenager in search of a sound. Phillips invited a local guitarist named Scotty Moore to stand in. Scotty ...

Jazz Diplomacy

Jazz as an instrument of global diplomacy transformed superpower relations in the Cold War era and reshaped democracy's image worldwide. Lisa E. Davenport tells the story of America's program of jazz ...

That's Got 'Em!

Association of Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence
Best Research in Recorded Jazz Music–Best History (tie) (2011)

Wilbur C. Sweatman (1882-1961) is one of the most important, yet unheralded, ...

I'm Feeling the Blues Right Now

In I’m Feeling the Blues Right Now: Blues Tourism and the Mississippi Delta, Stephen A. King reveals the strategies used by blues promoters and organizers in Mississippi, both African American and white, ...

The Starday Story

Association of Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence
Best Research in Record Labels–Certificate of Merit (2012)

The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built is the first book entirely ...

Saved by Song

Saved by Song returns to print with its sweeping overview of the history of gospel music. Powerful and incisive, the book traces contemporary Christianity and Christian music to the sixteenth century and ...

Ragged but Right

The commercial explosion of ragtime in the early twentieth century created previously unimagined opportunities for black performers. However, every prospect was mitigated by systemic racism. The biggest ...

Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930–1942

Association of Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence
Best Research in Recorded Jazz Music–Certificate of Merit (2013)

The coal fields of West Virginia would seem an unlikely market for big ...