(by title)


Alvin Lucier

A tribute to the work and influence of this groundbreaking composer
Miller-Keller, Andrea


Always in Trouble

You never heard such sounds in your life
Weiss, Jason

Music / Middle East Studies

Among the Jasmine Trees

The first ethnographic study of music-making in modern Syria
Shannon, Jonathan Holt

Music / Essays / Art


A major American thinker of the 20th century muses on anarchism.
Cage, John

Dance / Music / Gender Studies / Latin American Studies

Angora Matta
Bilingual Spanish-English ed.

Operatic, ethnographic thriller tests the boundaries between art and scholarship.
Savigliano, Marta Elena


Antiphonal Histories

A vivid ethnography and in-depth history of musical performance in North Sumatra
Byl, Julia

Music / Cultural Studies

Any Sound You Can Imagine

Describes digital musical instruments, industries that supply and promote them, and the meanings they have for musicians.
Théberge, Paul

Music / Arab Studies

The Arab Avant-Garde

The first in-depth study of diverse and radical innovation in Arab music
Burkhalter, Thomas, Kay Dickinson, and Benjamin J. Harbert, eds.

Music / Film, TV, Visual Culture / Popular Culture

The Art of Film Music

An exploration of the powerful effect of music in films produced from the 1930s through the 1980s.
Burt, George

Opera / British & European History / Biography

The Autumn of Italian Opera

The first full-length study of the last great era of Italian opera
Mallach, Alan

Music / Latin American & Caribbean Studies / Cultural Studies / Anthropology


The first in-depth study of banda, a Mexican and Mexican American musical practice.
Simonett, Helena

Poetry / Music

The Bar of the Flattened Heart

With melancholy and wit, the poems of The Bar of the Flattened Heart remind us of the sheer wonderment of life
Keller, David

Music / Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Between Nostalgia and Apocalypse

Chronicles the entanglement of traditional and experimental music in northeast Brazil
Sharp, Daniel B.

Music / African-American Studies / Cultural Studies

Black Noise

A comprehensive look at the lyrics, music, cultures, themes, and styles of rap music.
Rose, Tricia

Music / African-American Studies / Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Black Rhythms of Peru

How Afro-Peruvian music was forgotten and recreated in Peru.
Feldman, Heidi Carolyn

Music / Nature

The Book of Music and Nature
2nd edition, includes audio web links

A provocative book explores the relationship of music and the natural world.
Rothenberg, David, and Marta Ulvaeus, eds.

Music / Nature

The Book of Music and Nature
Includes audio supplement

A provocative book with audio explores the relationship of music and the natural world
Rothenberg, David, and Marta Ulvaeus, eds.

Music / Popular Culture / Cultural Studies / American Studies

Born in the U.S.A.

A thinking person’s exploration of the cultural significance of Bruce Springsteen.
Cullen, Jim, Daniel Cavicchi, fwd.

Music / Anthropology

Bright Balkan Morning
Audio CD.

A celebration of settled “Gypsies” and music-dance in Greek Macedonia with CD.
Blau, Dick, photos; Keil, Charles & Angeliki, text; Feld, Steven, soundscape

Opera / Biography - Musicians & Composers

Can't Help Singing

The long-anticipated memoir of one of the greatest and most celebrated American singers of the twentieth century
Farrell, Eileen; Kellow, Brian

Music / Cape Verde / Literary Criticism - Spanish & Portuguese

Cape Verde

A collection of scholars from Cape Verde, Brazil, Portugal, the United States, the United Kingdom and Spain writing about Cape Verde
Leite, Ana Mafalda, ed.

Music / Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Carriacou String Band Serenade

A Caribbean music festival as a window on social change
Miller, Rebecca S.

Memoir / Opera


A powerful pioneer in opera and music recounts her struggles and triumphs
Caldwell, Sarah with Rebecca Matlock



First edition of this experimental music classic is now available
Lucier, Alvin and Douglas Simon

Music / Cultural Studies / Latin American & Caribbean Studies

The City of Musical Memory

A social history of salsa in Colombia.
Waxer, Lise A.

Music / Cultural Studies / Popular Culture

Club Cultures

A close look at the music and culture of dance clubs and the “rave” phenomenon..
Thornton, Sarah

Music / Popular Culture

Coming to You Wherever You Are

A cross-cultural look at music television
Pegley, Kip


Composers On Music

Sam Morgenstern's classic anthology, now thoroughly updated with new selections and commentary reflecting recent music scholarship
Fisk, Josiah, ed.; Nichols, Jeff, ed.

Music / Connecticut / History

Connecticut’s Fife and Drum Tradition

The first full account of this beloved American music tradition
Clark, James

Jewish Studies / Biography

The Darker Side of Genius

Richard Wagner’s anti-Semitism considered in the context of his time, place, and aspirations rather than in relation to his later appropriation by the Nazis.
Katz, Jacob.

Education History / Music

Dartmouth Song Book

Zeller, Paul R.

Music / Popular Culture / Sociology

Dissonant Identities

A fascinating analysis of the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Shank, Barry

Music / Latin American & Caribbean Studies / Popular Culture


The first inside story of this Jamaican reggae style
Veal, Michael E.

Music / Popular Culture / History

Echo and Reverb

The untold story of acoustic effects in popular music.
Doyle, Peter


Empire of Dirt

Inside the culture of an artistically influential music community
Fonarow, Wendy

Music / Art

Empty Words

Writings through James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake, Norman O. Brown, and "The Future of Music."
Cage, John

Philosophy / Literary Criticism - French / Music

Essay on the Origin of Languages and Writings Related to Music
Trans. from the French

Rousseau's major works, available for the first time in a uniform English edition, continue with a work that situates Rousseau's linguistic and musical theory within his larger philosophical system.
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. John T. Scott, trans. and ed.

Music / Jazz


The critical role of Europe in the music, personalities, and analysis of jazz
Cerchiari, Luca, Laurent Cugny, and Franz Kerschbaumer

Music / Cultural Studies / ETHNOMUSICOLOGY

The Exotic In Western Music

A look at the ways western composers from Mozart to George Harrison have used exotic elements in their music
Bellman, Jonathan, ed.

Music / Cultural Studies

False Prophet
Audio CD.

On the road with a punk rock band.
Taylor, Steven

Biography - Musicians & Composers / Memoir / Opera

55 Years In Five Acts

One of the world's greatest Wagnerian sopranos talks about an illustrious career that flourished for over five decades
Varnay, Astrid; Arthur, Donald

Music / American History

From Psalm to Symphony

Examines for the first time New England's rich heritage of music making over a span of 350 years
Tawa, Nicholas E.

Music / Cultural Studies / Popular Culture

Global Noise

International scholars explore the hip hop scenes of Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia.
Mitchell, Tony, ed.

Music / Film, TV, Visual Culture

Global Soundtracks

The first volume focusing on film music as a worldwide phenomenon
Slobin, Mark, ed.

Biography - Musicians & Composers / Music

György Ligeti

Fuses biographical and musical analysis to provide a multi-layered portrait of one of the most influential and admired composers of the late twentieth century.
Steinitz, Richard

Music / History

Gypsy Music in European Culture

A history and typology of the impact of Gypsy music on Europe
Piotrowska, Anna G.

Memoir / Biography - Musicians & Composers / Opera

Hans Hotter
Trans. from the German

An expanded and updated translation of the memoirs of the great German bass-baritone
Hotter, Hans; Donald Arthur, trans. and ed.; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Zubin Mehta, fwds.

Music / Cultural Studies / Popular Culture / American Studies

Hard Travelin’

A celebration by friends, family, and scholars of the life and achievements of America's foremost folk singer.
Santelli, Robert, and Emily Davidson, eds

Music / Cultural Studies / Anthropology

The Hidden Musicians

A classic ethnography reveals the worlds of amateur musicians. Back in print with a new preface.
Finnegan, Ruth

Music / Cultural Studies / African-American Studies

The 'Hood Comes First

Examines the significance of the 'hood in rap and hip hop
Forman, Murray

Cultural Studies / Music / Folklore

Identity and Everyday Life

A critical examination of core issues in social and cultural theory.
Berger, Harris M.; Del Negro, Giovanna P.

Jewish Studies / Cultural Studies / Music / Theater & Performing Arts

In Search of American Jewish Culture

A leading cultural historian explores the complex interactions of Jewish and American cultures.
Whitfield, Stephen J.

Music / African-American Studies / Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Jazz Consciousness

Grounded essays on jazz as a unifying and transcendent force.
Austerlitz, Paul

Memoir / Biography - Musicians & Composers / Opera / Women's Studies

La Nilsson
Trans. from the Swedish

The long-awaited English translation of the autobiography of opera legend Birgit Nilsson
Nilsson, Birgit and Popper, Doris Jung and Solti, Georg and Tuller, Peggy

Music / American History - 19th Century

Listening and Longing

An intriguing look at music listening in nineteenth-century America
Cavicchi, Daniel

Music / Cultural Studies / Latin American & Caribbean Studies / Anthropology

Listening to Salsa

Portrays the complex politics of gender, sex, class, and race in Puerto Rican salsa music.
Aparicio, Frances R.

Music / Asian-American Studies

Locating East Asia in Western Art Music

How does a piece of music embody the sound of a different culture?
Everett, Yayoi Uno and Frederick Lau, eds.

Biography - Musicians & Composers / Opera / Music

Lotfi Mansouri

A lively and engaging memoir of one of opera’s driving forces
Mansouri, Lotfi with Donald Arthur

Music / Essays / Art


Mainly mesostics inspired by music, mushrooms, Marcel Duchamp, Merce Cunningham, Marshall McCluhan, etc. and includes "Mureau"-composed from the writings of Henry David Thoreau.
Cage, John

Music / Popular Culture / Cultural Studies

Making Beats

First book on hip-hop sampling as a musical process, now with a new foreword and afterword
Schloss, Joseph G.; foreword by Jeff Chang

Music / Cultural Studies / Vermont

Manufacturing the Muse
Audio CD.

How a 19th century instrument helped to shape New World culture.
Waring, Dennis G.

Music / Cultural Studies / Philosophy

Metal, Rock, and Jazz

A lively comparison of musical meaning in Ohio's Jazz, metal, and hard rock scene.
Berger, Harris M.

Opera / Biography - Musicians & Composers / Music

Montserrat Caballe

The first full-length authorized biography of one of the twentieth century's greatest operatic sopranos
Pullen, Robert; Taylor, Stephen

Music / African-American Studies / Biography - Musicians & Composers

Monument Eternal

Long-awaited biography of an African American avant-garde composer
Berkman, Franya J.


Music 109

An engaging inside view of experimental music
Lucier, Alvin. Foreword by Robert Ashley.

Music / Film, TV, Visual Culture

Music and Cinema

A wide-ranging look at the role of music in film.
Buhler, James, Caryl Flinn, and David Neumeyer,eds.

Music / Media Studies / Social Theory

Music and Cyberliberties

An activist’s guide for musicians and fans opposed to the major label lockdown of online music
Burkart, Patrick

Music / Cultural Studies

Music and Technoculture

Explores the rich relationship between technology, music and culture.
Lysloff, René T. A. and Leslie C. Gay, Jr., eds. Afterword by Andrew Ross.

Music / Connecticut

Music at Wesleyan

A vividly illustrated, richly anecdotal account of over 150 years of music at Wesleyan University
Slobin, Mark

Music / Reference & Bibliography / Books on Books

Music History from Primary Sources

An amply-illustrated book on the Moldenhauer Archives, spanning the history of Western classical music, with essays by noted experts.
Newsom, Jon, and Alfred Mann, eds. The Rosaleen Moldenhauer Memorial

Music / African-American Studies

Music of the Common Tongue

“A magnificent book about Afro-American music and its impact on western culture. ”—Race and Class
Small, Christopher


Music, Politics, and Violence

An in-depth consideration of the relationship between music and violence
Fast, Susan, and Kip Pegley, Eds.

Music / Cultural Studies

Music, Society, Education

A groundbreaking work expanding our view of music beyond the Western classical tradition.
Small, Christopher. Robert Walser, new fwd.

Music / Biography - Musicians & Composers / Art


The entire range of John Cage's work and thought, explored in three wide-ranging dialogues, which constitute his last unified statement on his art.
Cage, John, in Conversation with Joan Retallack.


Musical Childhoods and the Cultures of Youth

Essays explore music’s roles in the lives of children
Boynton, Susan; Kok, Roe-Min

Theater & Performing Arts / Music / Ancient History

Musical Design in Sophoclean Theater

A new way to interpret the musical design underlying the music and choreography of Sophoclean theater.
Scott, William C.

Music / Cultural Studies


Acclaimed scholar rethinks the nature and meaning of music.
Small, Christopher


Musicking Bodies

Investigates the life of the body in Indian vocal music
Rahaim, Matthew

Music / Cultural Studies / Sociology

My Music

A first-hand exploration of the diverse roles music plays in people's lives.
Crafts, Susan D., Daniel Cavicchi, Charles Keil, and the Music in Daily Life Project

Music / Education

On Playing the Flute
2nd ed.

Originally published in 1752, this is a new paperback edition of the classic treatise on 18th-century musical thought, performance practice, and style
Quantz, Johann Joachim; Reilly, Edward R.

Music / Cultural Studies

The Other Side of Nowhere

Scholars, composers and performers write about the art of jazz improvisation.
Fischlin, Daniel, ed.; Heble, Ajay, ed.; Monson, Ingrid, intro.

Theater & Performing Arts / Popular Culture / Musicals

Our Musicals, Ourselves

The first comprehensive social history of the American musical theater
Jones, John Bush

Biography - Musicians & Composers / Music / Jewish Studies

Papa, Play for Me

The heartwarming autobiography of a vintage Jewish comedian, with a new introduction highlighting his relevance to contemporary culture and cultural studies.
Katz, Mickey. Joel Grey, fwd.; Josh Kun, introd.

Music / African-American Studies

Phat Beats, Dope Rhymes

How Aussies came to belong to the hip-hop nation.
Maxwell, Ian

Music / Arctic Studies / Ecology & Environmental Studies

The Place Where You Go to Listen

A personal journey into the music of the Arctic
Adams, John Luther


Planet Beethoven

Exploring the complexities and significance of classical music today
Yang, Mina

Music / Cultural Studies

Popular Music in Theory

A lively contribution to the debates that are central to popular music studies.
Negus, Keith

Music / African-American Studies

Presence and Pleasure

What does it mean to be in the groove?
Danielsen, Anne

Biography - Musicians & Composers / Music


This masterful biography provides the most authentic and revealing portrait to date of this major operatic composer
Phillips-Matz, Mary Jane; Weaver, William, foreword

Political Ideologies / Radicalism / Music / Violence in Society

Radicalism and Music

Pieslak, Jonathan

Music / History

Radio Free Boston

The definitive story of the pioneering rock radio station that galvanized a city and a generation
Alan, Carter with a Foreword by Steven Tyler

Music / African Studies / Cultural Studies / Anthropology

Recollecting from the Past

Studies interconnections between sound production, spirit possession, colonialism and ceremonial remembering in Madagascar.
Emoff, Ron

Music / Jazz

Reel History

Striking visual account of jazz in the 1960s and 1970s
Farina, Stephen

Music / Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Rhythms of Resistance

The first definitive history of the full range of African contributions to Brazilian music.
Fryer, Peter

Music / Cultural Studies / Popular Culture

Running with the Devil

A comprehensive musical, social, and cultural analysis of heavy metal music.
Walser, Robert

Music / Cultural Studies / Popular Culture

Running with the Devil

A comprehensive musical, social, and cultural analysis of heavy metal music, with a new foreword and afterword
Walser, Robert; foreword by Harris M. Berger

Music / Classical

Revised & exapanded ed.

New and Expanded Edition with a Foreword by Kurt Masur
Ostwald, Peter and Lise Deschamps Ostwald

Music / Irish Studies / History - 20th Century

See You at the Hall

An engaging look at Boston’s golden era of Irish traditional music
Gedutis, Susan

Music / Dance / Asian Studies

Sensational Knowledge
Includes DVD.

A compelling ethnography of traditional dance and bodily knowledge
Hahn, Tomie

Music / Popular Culture / History

Setting the Record Straight
Audio CD.

The words surrounding music influence how we listen to it.
Symes, Colin

Music / Cultural Studies / Sociology / American Studies

The Seventh Stream

A cultural and social study of the origins and evolution of “rocknroll”.
Ennis, Philip H.

Music / Shakers

A Shaker Musical Legacy

A unique collection of Shaker songs and dances that keeps alive this important musical heritage
Opdahl, Robert; Opdahl, Viola

Linguistics / Music / World Music

The Shapes of Our Singing

A guide to verse forms and metres from around the world by Robin Skelton.
Skelton, Robin

Music / Literary Criticism / Art


Silence, A Year from Monday, M, Empty Words and X (in this order) form the five parts of a series of books in which Cage tries, as he says, "to find a way of writing which comes from ideas, is not about them, but which produces them." Often these writings include mesostics and essays created by subjecting the work of other writers to chance procedures using the I Ching (what Cage called "writing through").
Cage, John

Music / Literary Criticism / Art


Special edition of the book that revolutionized our understanding of how we make and experience art
Cage, John and Kyle Gann, fwd.

Music / American Studies

Silencing the Sounded Self

Understanding John Cage in America’s experimental continuum
Shultis, Christopher

Music / Opera

Singing Archaeology

Illuminates the aesthetics of a major American composer.
Richardson, John

Music / Cultural Studies / British & European History

Singing Our Way to Victory

A penetrating cross-disciplinary study of the cultural constructions of singing.
Sweeney, Regina M.

Music / Ethnic Studies / Dance

Solkattu Manual
Includes links for online video.

The first hands-on introduction to South Indian spoken rhythm
Nelson, David P.

Music / Media Studies / Women's Studies

Some Liked It Hot

Investigates the changing representations of jazz women in American culture
McGee, Kristin A.

Music / Popular Culture / Anthropology

Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts
Audio CD.

A mesmerizing journey into the musical world of Australia’s Aboriginal people.
Marett, Allan

Music / Popular Culture / Anthropology

Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts
2nd edition paperback

A mesmerizing journey into the musical world of Australia’s Aboriginal people.
Marett, Allan

Biography - Musicians & Composers / Music / African-American Studies

Soul on Soul

A chronicle of the stormy personal and professional life of the legendary but underappreciated jazz pianist, composer, and arranger
Kernodle, Tammy L.

Music / Cultural Studies

The Sounds of Place

Looks at the ways in which America’s places, from the natural wonders of Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon to the urban landscape of New York City, have inspired American composers from the nation's beginnings to the present
Von Glahn, Denise

Music / Theater & Performing Arts / Folklore / Performance Studies


How we find and make meaning through music and performance
Berger, Harris M.

Music / Cultural Studies

Subcultural Sounds

A fascinating study of subcultural musics and their cultural identities.
Slobin, Mark

Music / Classical

Sviatoslav Richter

The first biography of the noted Soviet pianist Sviatoslav Richter
Rasmussen, Karl Aage

Music / Cultural Studies

Symphonic Metamorphoses

An intimate investigation of Mahler’s distinctive voice.
Knapp, Raymond

Music / History / Latin American Studies

The Teatro Solís

The first comprehensive history of the oldest major opera house in the Americas.
Salgado, Susana. Foreword by E. Thomas Glasow, preface by Julio Marìa Sanguinetti

Music / African-American Studies

A Thousand Honey Creeks Later

The rise of jazz and Motown seen through the eyes of a premier African American performer.
Love, Preston. Johnny Otis, pref.; George Lipsitz, introd.

Music / African Studies

Traveling Spirit Masters

The sacred and musical phenomenon of trance
Kapchan, Deborah

Music / Middle East Studies / Media Studies

Umm Kulthum

How an extraordinary woman shaped her career and legacy through war
Lohman, Laura

Music / African-American Studies

Upside Your Head!

An intriguing memoir by the legendary bandleader.
Otis, Johnny. George Lipsitz, introd.


Voices in Bali
Audio CD.

A polyphonic study of Balinese aesthetics that broadens an intercultural understanding of performance.
Herbst, Edward; Judith Becker, fwd.; René T. A. Lysloff, afterward.

Music / Nature / Arctic Studies

Winter Music
Audio CD.

Eminent composer discusses music, culture, and the environment.
Adams, John Luther. Gann, Kyle, fwd.

Music / Cultural Studies

Wired for Sound

Ethnographically-grounded studies of technology in global music.
Greene, Paul D., and Porcello, Thomas, eds. Greene, Paul D. and Porcello, Thomas, contribs.

Music / Women's Studies

Women In Music

This classic anthology combines source readings with interpretive essays and personal portraits to illuminate the rich yet neglected history of women in music
Neuls-Bates, Carol, ed.

Music / Women's Studies / 18TH CENTURY STUDIES

Women's Voices Across Musical Worlds

This eclectic collection of original essays explores women’s musical activities and expressions from the twelfth century to the present
Bernstein, Jane A.

Music / Literary Criticism / Art


One of a series of experimental texts in which Cage tries “to find a way of writing which comes from ideas, is not about them, but which produces them,” he attempts in X to create looser structures in both life and art, to free “my writing from my intentions.”
Cage, John

Music / Essays / Art

A Year from Monday

Includes lectures, essays, diaries and other writings, including "How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)" and "Juilliard Lecture."
Cage, John

Biography / Music

Yip Harburg

A new interview-based biography of The Wizard of Oz lyricist

Alonso, Harriet Hyman

Music / African-American Studies / Gay Studies

“You Better Work!”

The first in-depth study of underground dance music.
Fikentscher, Kai

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