New Books Network

Ann Powers, “Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music” (Dey St. Books, 2017)
In Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music (Dey St. Books, HarperCollins, 2017), Ann Powers explores the rich and, at times, unexpected intersections of love, sex, race, gender, sexuality, and American popular music. This heavily-researched book features colorful stories about sex, eroticism, and American music, while... Read More
Candace L. Bailey, “Charleston Belles Abroad: The Music Collections of Harriet Lowndes, Henrietta Aiken, and Louisa Rebecca McCord” (U South Carolina Press, 2019)
Microhistories are an important method of investigating an historical moment with a fine-grain focus that can puncture holes in the generalizations that historians sometimes make. In her new book, Charleston Belles Abroad: The Music Collections of Harriet Lowndes, Henrietta Aiken, and Louis Rebecca McCord (University of South Carolina Press, 2019),... Read More
Stephen R. Duncan, “The Rebel Café: Sex, Race, and Politics in Cold War America’s Nightclub Underground” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
The art and antics of rebellious figures in 1950s American nightlife―from the Beat Generation to eccentric jazz musicians and comedians―have long fascinated fans and scholars alike. In The Rebel Café: Sex, Race, and Politics in Cold War America’s Nightclub Underground (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), Stephen R. Duncan flips the frame,... Read More
E. Douglas Bomberger, “Making Music American: 1917 and the Transformation of Culture” (Oxford UP, 2018)
There has been a recent trend in books that explore one year in detail: 1914, 1927, and 1968 have all received this treatment. E. Douglas Bomberger’s new book Making Music American: 1917 and the Transformation of Culture from Oxford University Press (2018) is new twist on this phenomenon. Rather than... Read More
Bryan McCann, “The Mark of Criminality: Rhetoric, Race, and Gangsta Rap in the War-on-Crime Era” (U Alabama Press, 2017)
On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Communication at SUNY Geneseo–interviews Bryan McCann (he/his)–Associate Professor of Communication at Louisiana State University–on a dope new work of cultural criticism The Mark of Criminality: Rhetoric, Race, and Gangsta Rap in the War-on-Crime Era (University of Alabama Press, 2017). The Mark... Read More
Fernando Orejuela and Stephanie Shonekan, “Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection” (Indiana UP, 2018)
Music has always been integral to the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, with songs such as Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” J. Cole’s “Be Free,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s “The Charade,” The Game’s “Don’t Shoot,” Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout,” Usher’s “Chains,” and many others serving as unofficial anthems... Read More
Vivi Lachs, “Whitechapel Noise: Jewish Immigrant Life in Yiddish Song and Verse, London, 1884-1914” (Wayne State UP, 2018)
In Whitechapel Noise: Jewish Immigrant Life in Yiddish Song and Verse, London, 1884-1914 (Wayne State University Press, 2018), Vivi Lachs, social and cultural historian, Yiddishist, performer, and associate research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, looks at London’s Yiddish popular culture. She positions it in historical perspective within Anglo-Jewish history,... Read More