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Surf and Rescue: George Freeth and the Birth of California Beach Culture

A valuable and absorbing biography, starring a forgotten founder of California beach culture.

Riding Jane Crow: African American Women on the American Railroad

This extremely well written scholarly work addresses the fact that much of the history of Black Americans has been tied to their inability to freely move about the nation.

Mandolin Man: The Bluegrass Life of Roland White

Black’s own relevant musical experience, alongside his interviews with White, his family, and country music icons such as Marty Stuart, make this biography a must-read for bluegrass aficionados. Although White may not be a household name to those outside the bluegrass scene, he richly deserves this long-awaited tribute.

Queer Country

An empathetic and illuminating study, sure to expand country playlists. For scholars interested in queer studies and fans of country music.

Music and Mystique in Muscle Shoals

Though mired in minutiae and scholarly lingo, Reali’s work successfully shatters misconceptions about soul music and an identifiable Shoals sound and will appeal to academics and music aficionados.

Movie Mavens: US Newspaper Women Take on the Movies, 1914–1923

With a scholar’s knack for detail, Abel provides context for this crucial period of cinema history. An illuminating combination of scholarship and nostalgia.

Dressed for Freedom: The Fashionable Politics of American Feminism

In a world where women in the public eye are pilloried as either unattractive (by heterosexist beauty standards) or as too pretty to be taken seriously, Rabinovitch-Fox has written an essential book on the politics of fashion.

Listening to Bob Dylan

A fascinating, worthwhile study of Bob Dylan as poet, vocalist, composer, and performer. If you’re looking for a guide to Dylan’s methods, his genius, and what’s on the tracks, don’t think twice.

Lying in the Middle: Musical Theater and Belief at the Heart of America

Another contribution to the recent surge in scholarly attention given to American musicals. For graduate theater and music collections.

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