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Listening and Longing
Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum
Daniel Cavicchi


2011 • 280 pp. 11 illus. 6 x 9"
Music / American History - 19th Century

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7162-5
$75.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7161-8

$19.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7163-2

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Listening and Longing performs a valuable service in connecting modern conceptions of fame, fandom, and self-consciously specialized forms of ‘audiencing’ to their nineteenth-century roots.”—Franklin Bruno, Los Angeles Review of Books

An intriguing look at music listening in nineteenth-century America

Listening and Longing explores the emergence of music listening in the United States, from its early stages in the antebellum era, when entrepreneurs first packaged and sold the experience of hearing musical performance, to the Gilded Age, when genteel critics began to successfully redefine the cultural value of listening to music. In a series of interconnected stories, American studies scholar Daniel Cavicchi focuses on the impact of industrialization, urbanization, and commercialization in shaping practices of music audiences in America. Grounding our contemporary culture of listening in its seminal historical moment—before the iPod, stereo system, or phonograph—Cavicchi offers a fresh understanding of the role of listening in the history of music.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Daniel Cavicchi’s fascinating Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum, has been blowing my mind.”—Frank Oteri, New Music Box

“As the title reveals, Cavicchi’s purpose is to put emphasis on ‘music-listening’ rather than on the more common ‘music making.’ Cavicchi did extensive research and the book is well argued, from several points of view.”—W.K. Kearns, Choice

“a detailed look at 19th-century music consumers that…stands as a painstaking, groundbreaking work of scholarship that adds substantially to our understanding.”—Robert Christgau, Barnes & Noble Review

“Cavicchi has written an excellent book that should be read by historians, cultural critics, and musicologists. All would find points of insight and interest.”Michael Broyles, The Journal of American History

a well-researched, elegant and thought-provoking book.” David W. Stowe, Commonplace

“Cavicchi tracks the interplay among music, social prestige, and geographical reputation, the development of listening as a distinct skill, and the early history of music fans.”Scott Gac, American Historical Review

“The intersections and overcrossings highlighted in these pages further enrich the already multifarious dialogue about nineteenth-century music in the United States.” Laura Moore Pruett, Journal of the American Musicological Society

“Daniel Cavicchi’s Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum is an ambitious, original book well worth careful reading for its integrated historical, historiographical, and methodological arguments.” Karen Ahlquist, Journal of the Society for American Music

“Impeccably researched, Listening and Longing shows us how Jenny Lind was the Lady Gaga of her day. Cavicchi’s excellent use of primary materials, such as 19th-century diary entries and periodicals, documents how the seeds were germinated for today’s music-fan culture.”Holly George-Warren, coauthor of The Road to Woodstock

“Cavicchi’s book is a richly detailed, lucid account of how and why music-listening is an active, participatory aspect of music-loving. Listening and Longing has changed fundamentally the way I think about the development of America’s musical culture.”Dale Cockrell, author of Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World


Winner of the Northeast Popular Culture Association’s Peter C. Rollins Book Award (2012)
Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award (2012)

DANIEL CAVICCHI is an associate professor of American studies and head of the Department of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences at Rhode Island School of Design. He is the author of Tramps Like Us: Music and Meaning among Springsteen Fans and coeditor of My Music: Explorations of Music in Daily Life. His public work has included “Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom,” an inaugural exhibit for the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

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