New Books Network

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
Katherine K. Preston, “Opera for the People: English-Language Opera and Women Managers in Late 19th-Century America” (Oxford UP, 2017)
Katherine Preston’s new book, Opera for the People: English-Language Opera & Women Managers in Late 19th-Century America (Oxford University Press, 2017) is the first complete overview of the repertoire, companies, performers, and managers that provided English-language opera to Americans after the Civil War. Preston is one of the pioneers of the... Read More
Patrick B. Mullen, “Right to the Juke Joint: A Personal History of American Music” (U Illinois Press, 2018)
On its back cover, Patrick B. Mullen’s Right to the Juke Joint: A Personal History of American Music (University of Illinois Press, 2018) is aptly described as “part scholar’s musings and part fan’s memoir”. Mullen is professor emeritus of English and folklore at the Ohio State University and across the... Read More
John C. Hajduk, “Music Wars: Money, Politics, and Race in the Construction of Rock and Roll Culture, 1940–1960” (Lexington Books, 2018)
In his new book Music Wars: Money, Politics, and Race in the Construction of Rock and Roll Culture, 1940–1960 (Lexington Books, 2018), John C. Hajduk examines the emergence of a “rock and roll culture” in mid 20th century America. Professor Hajduk’s focus is on “gatekeepers” such as record executives and musician’s union leaders, all... Read More