New Books Network

Caridad Svich, “Mitchell and Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (Routledge, 2019)
Mitchell and Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Routledge, 2019) is Caridad Svich’s love letter to the 1998 musical that introduced the world to its favorite East German ex-pat genderqueer rock star, Hedwig. A tribute both to the New York that spawned the musical and the glam rock that inspired... Read More
Martin James, “State of Base: The Origins of Jungle/Drum and Bass” (Velocity Press, 2020)
The reissue and revision of Martin James’ State of Bass: The Origins of Jungle/Drum & Bass (Velocity Press, 2020) examines the origins and progression of British Junglism in the 1990s. Rave culture’s clashes with UK government and police drove the scene into a dark space, but jungle/drum & bass emerged... Read More
Sunny Stalter-Pace, “Imitation Artist: Gertrude Hoffman’s Life in Vaudeville and Dance” (Northwestern UP, 2020)
Gertrude Hoffman is one of many entertainers who were big stars in vaudeville before World War I, but whose celebrity faded as the American public was seduced by radio and film after the Great War. Sunny Stalter-Pace recounts Hoffmann’s groundbreaking career and contextualizes her work as a dancer, comedienne, producer,... Read More
Junior Tomlin, “Junior Tomlin: Flyer and Cover Art” (Velocity Press, 2020)
Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art (Velocity Press, 2020) showcases the artwork of Junior Tomlin. Featuring flyers and record covers Tomlin has created for the rave scene starting in the late 1980s, this is the first book which comprehensively and cohesively documents his work in this important UK subculture. Raised in... Read More
Manuel Betancourt, “Judy Garland’s Judy at Carnegie Hall” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020)
In Judy Garland’s Judy at Carnegie Hall (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020), Manuel Betancourt explores what makes Judy Garland’s landmark album great, and why it holds such a central place in queer culture. A hit when released in 1961 (it was the first album by a woman ever to win the Grammy award... Read More
Marianna Ritchey, “Composing Capital: Classical Music in the Neoliberal Era” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
What is the place of classical music in contemporary society? In Composing Capital: Classical Music in the Neoliberal Era (University of Chicago Press, 2019), Marianna Ritchey, an assistant professor of music history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, explores the relationship between neoliberal capitalism and classical music, showing how many of... Read More
Rachel Mundy, “Animal Musicalities: Birds, Beasts, and Evolutionary Listening” (Wesleyan UP, 2018)
“What makes song sparrows, Verdi, medieval monks, and minstrelsy part of the same taxonomy?” So asks—and answers—Rachel Mundy, who is Assistant Professor of Music at Rutgers University–Newark. In her book, Animal Musicalities: Birds, Beasts, and Evolutionary Listening (Wesleyan University Press, 2018), Mundy shows how the history of the humanities is... Read More
Kendra Preston Leonard, “Music for the Kingdom of Shadows: Cinema Accompaniment in the Age of Spiritualism” (Humanities Commons, 2010)
We might call movies made before the advent of the talkies in 1927 silent films—but for the audience, they were certainly not silent. Live orchestras and solo instrumentalists accompanied early movies, adding evocative music drawn from pre-existent and newly composed sources. Kendra Preston Leonard, author of Music for the Kingdom... Read More
Grace Elizabeth Hale, “Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture” (UNC Press, 2020)
In Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture (University of North Carolina Press), Grace Elizabeth Hale tells the epic story of the Athens, Georgia music scene. Hale explains how a small college town hard to get to even from Atlanta gave rise to dozens of... Read More