Gregory Stall

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The Philosophy of Modern Song

This is a fascinating and personalized journey through 20th-century popular music that’s guided by one of its luminaries.
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Finale: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim

A loose latter-day chronicle of one of theater’s irreplaceable voices; will be cherished by scholars and enthusiasts as a testament to Sondheim’s creative process and to the man himself.
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Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography in Seven Songs

An informative, if impressionistic, reflection on one of the 20th century’s greatest artists, by one of his biggest advocates.
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The Dylan Tapes: Friends, Players, and Lovers Talkin’ Early Bob Dylan

Though not for newcomers to Dylan’s work, this is a valuable resource for Dylan experts and researchers producing content for future biographies and scholarship.
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Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life

This decade will mark the centenaries of Buster Keaton’s most celebrated features, and Curtis has assembled a biography that will be a go-to source for fans both old and new during the centenary celebration and beyond.

Rick Pender on the Challenge and Opportunity of Summing Up Stephen Sondheim

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The Lyrics

McCartney’s contributions to culture are foundational, extending well beyond enthusiasts and devotees. This set serves as his testament of a career and a life dedicated to music.
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The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia

Pender’s expansive reporting on Sondheim’s productions, cohorts, and collaborators goes beyond biography to give readers a wider historical view of American musical theater. The book is ostensibly a reference work aimed at enthusiasts (of which Sondheim has many), but casual theater and performing arts fans will find much to appreciate as well.
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Songbooks: The Literature of American Popular Music

For readers interested in music media or cultural scholarship.
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