New Books Network

Nick Crossley, “Connecting Sounds: The Social Life of Music” (Manchester UP, 2020)
What does music tell us about society? In Connecting Sounds: The Social Life of Music (Manchester University Press, 2020), Nick Crossley, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, introduces a relational sociology of music. The book thinks through the social and individual practices of music, the music industry, and... Read More
Kyle Devine, “Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music” (MIT Press, 2019)
What is the human and environmental cost of music? In Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music (MIT Press, 2019), Kyle Devine, an Associate Professor in the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo, tells the material history of recorded music, counting the impact of music from the 78 to... Read More
Nina Sun Eidsheim, “The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre and Vocality in African American Music” (Duke UP, 2019)
In 2018, Nicolle R. Holliday and Daniel Villarreal published the results of a study they conducted asking people to rank how “black” President Obama sounded when given four different examples of his speech. Dr. Nina Sun Eidsheim’s latest book, The Race of Sound: Listening Timbre and Vocality in African American... Read More
Benjamin Tausig, “Bangkok is Ringing: Sound, Protest, and Constraint” (Oxford UP, 2019)
The political protests of the “Red Shirts” movement in Thailand in April-May 2010 ended in tragedy, with the security forces killing over 90 people and injuring thousands more. Thailand’s political protests have been studied from many different angles, but perhaps the most unusual approach to this subject is to be... 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
Patrick Eisenlohr, “Sounding Islam: Voice, Media, and Sonic Atmospheres in an Indian Ocean World” (U California Press, 2018)
Sounding Islam: Voice, Media, and Sonic Atmospheres in an Indian Ocean World (University of California Press, 2018) by Patrick Eisenlohr is an exciting ethnographic study of Mauritian Muslims’ soundscapes. Through the exploration of na‘t, or devotional poetic recitations that honor the prophet Muhammad, Eisenlohr captures the sensory dimension of Islam,... Read More
Catherine Russell, “Archiveology: Walter Benjamin and Archival Film Practices” (Duke UP, 2018)
In her book Archiveology: Walter Benjamin and Archival Film Practices (Duke University Press, 2018), Catherine Russell defines “archiveology” as “the reuse, recycling, appropriation and borrowing of archival sounds and images by filmmakers”. In her book, she reviews specific film examples. She also discusses the related work of German philosopher Walter... Read More