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
Joe Street, “Dirty Harry’s America: Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash” (UP of Florida, 2016)
When “Dirty Harry” first premiered in 1971, it was both praised and condemned for its portrayal of a rogue policeman fighting crime by ignoring many of the rules and procedures of the profession. Yet director Don Siegel denied any attempt to make a political statement with the film. Joe Street’s... Read More
David LaRocca, “The Philosophy of War Films” (U Press of Kentucky, 2018)
Films that feature war as a theme have been made almost since the beginning of the industry. In The Philosophy of War Films (University Press of Kentucky, 2018), part of the “Philosophy of Popular Culture Series,” David LaRocca brings together a number of prominent authors to discuss the genre as a... Read More
Christian B. Long, “The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema 1960-2000” (Intellect, 2017)
While most every live-action film takes place in a specific location, the role of these places has not often been studied. In his new book The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema 1960-2000 (Intellect, 2017), Christian B. Long examines American films in the late 20th century to get a better understanding of locales... 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
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