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Cultural Studies

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Opera for Everyone

The Industry's Experiments with American Opera in the Digital Age

How one opera company represents the economic precarity and aesthetic possibilities of operatic performance in the twenty-first century U.S.

Singing the Land

Hebrew Music and Early Zionism in America

How song shaped American Zionism

Sounding Dissent

Rebel Songs, Resistance, and Irish Republicanism

In Belfast’s rebel music scene, Irish republican musicians and audiences engage in ritualized resistance against the British state

Soda Goes Pop

Pepsi-Cola Advertising and Popular Music

Pepsi turned pop music in commercials from novelty to norm—with profound effects on both American culture and commerce

The Passions of Peter Sellars

Staging the Music

Tracing the legendary career of Peter Sellars through his visually rich opera productions

The British Blues Network

Adoption, Emulation, and Creativity

An exciting new examination of how African-American blues music was emulated and used by white British musicians in the late 1950s and early 1960s


Good Vibrations

Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys in Critical Perspective

An international, interdisciplinary exploration of the band that helped define 1960s America

Sounds of the Underground

A Cultural, Political and Aesthetic Mapping of Underground and Fringe Music

The first scholarly examination of underground music in the digital age

Rhymin' and Stealin'

Musical Borrowing in Hip-Hop

The first book-length study of one of the most essential elements of hip-hop: musical borrowing

Music in American Crime Prevention and Punishment

A critical examination of the ways in which music is understood and exploited in American law enforcement and justice

Powerful Voices

The Musical and Social World of Collegiate A Cappella

The first scholarly account of the music and culture of collegiate a cappella

Bytes and Backbeats

Repurposing Music in the Digital Age

An examination of how musical activity has been transformed by contemporary production practices

Four Jazz Lives

A revival of a classic oral biography of four nearly overlooked jazz giants

Are We Not New Wave?

Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s

The definitive musical and cultural history of new wave music

Grit, Noise, and Revolution

The Birth of Detroit Rock 'n' Roll

A narrative history of the birth of rock 'n' roll in Detroit

Head Hunters

The Making of Jazz's First Platinum Album

The story of one of the most influential and controversial jazz recordings of the twentieth century

The Aesthetics of Survival

A Composer's View of Twentieth-Century Music

A revised paperback edition of composer George Rochberg's landmark essays

Louie Louie

The History and Mythology of the World's Most Famous Rock 'n Roll Song; Including the Full Details of Its Torture and Persecution at the Hands of the Kingsmen, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, and a Cast of Millions; and Introducing for the First Time Anywhere, the

The fascinating story of one of the world's most famous rock 'n' roll songs

Parodies of Ownership

Hip-Hop Aesthetics and Intellectual Property Law

An intriguing interdisciplinary examination of hip hop aesthetics

Counterculture Kaleidoscope

Musical and Cultural Perspectives on Late Sixties San Francisco

A bold reconsideration of the meaning of 1960s San Francisco counterculture


The Quintessence of American Popular Music

The much-anticipated paperback edition of Arthur Kempton's story on the art, influence, and commerce of Black American popular music

One Nation Under A Groove

Motown and American Culture

How Motown changed the landscape of American popular culture

Elevator Music

A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening, and Other Moodsong; Revised and Expanded Edition

Noted music historian Joseph Lanza seriously appraises an American musical tradition

Jazz Journeys to Japan

The Heart Within

One author's personal odyssey through the jazz scene in Japan

Flowers in the Dustbin

Culture, Anarchy, and Postwar England

Explores the connection between high literary culture and popular culture and argues for cultural anarchism as a form of creative resistance.