New Books Network

Nancy Yunhwa Rao, “Chinatown Opera Theater in North America” (U Illinois Press, 2017)
The story of popular entertainment in American immigrant communities is only just beginning to be told. Chinatown Opera Theater in North America by Nancy Yunhwa Rao from University of Illinois Press (2017) addresses the history of Cantonese Opera performed in Chinatowns in cities across North America with a primary focus... Read More
Levi S. Gibbs, “Song King: Connecting People, Places and Past in Contemporary China” (U Hawaii Press, 2018)
How does music link people across time and space? How do singers modulate their repertoires to forge links with audiences both within and across local, regional and national borders? What are the consequences of these developments? In Song King: Connecting People, Places and Past in Contemporary China (University of Hawaii... Read More
Suk-Young Kim, “K-Pop Live: Fans, Idols, and Multimedia Performance” (Stanford UP, 2018)
Given its expanding multimedia presence in Asia and around the world for many years now, K-pop is a phenomenon that is hard to ignore. This “animal that thrives on excess,” as Suk-Young Kim puts it (p. 6) is more than just music, however, as it offers us a way of... Read More
Jennifer Ronyak, “Intimacy, Performance, and the Lied in the Early Nineteenth Century” (Indiana UP, 2018)
The Lied is one of the most important genres of nineteenth-century Romantic music, and one of the most intriguing. Balanced between public and private performance, an expression of both poetic and musical meaning, musicologists have tended to study Lieder by analyzing the connections between the music and text. In her... Read More
Nick Soulsby, “Sacrifice and Transcendence: The Oral History of Swans” (Jawbone Press, 2018)
Nick Soulsby‘s most recent book, Sacrifice and Transcendence: The Oral History of Swans was published in 2018 by Jawbone Press and is a collection of extensive and revealing interviews regarding the US experimental rock band Swans. Soulsby talks to key players in the band’s history and traces their evolution from... Read More
Robin Wallace, “Hearing Beethoven: A Story of Musical Loss and Discovery” (UChicago Press, 2018)
Music lovers and researchers alike have long been fascinated by the story of Ludwig van Beethoven who became profoundly deaf as an adult and could not hear some of his most famous compositions including the Ninth Symphony. Many people have written about Beethoven’s deafness and speculated how he might have... Read More
Tim Mohr, “Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall” (Algonquin Books, 2018)
In Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Algonquin Books, 2018), Tim Mohr examines East Germany punk rock and its role in the collapse of the East German dictatorship. Starting in the late 1970s, a small group of East Berlin teens started listening... Read More