American Music History



About this Series

The history of American music draws on a complex and diverse tapestry of forms and styles, ranging from the indigenous sounds of Native American life and the Christian hymnody of European settlers to the gospel and blues originally propagated by West African slaves, the Cajun and Creole music of Louisiana, and the Polynesian sounds inherent in Hawaiian music. Twentieth-century American music proved to be even more fecund, with the apotheosis of Ragtime, Tex-Mex and Tejano music, country and western, Tin Pan Alley, jazz, concert, rockabilly, rock and roll, funk, disco, punk, hip-hop, and electronica, among a host of other phenomena.

The series welcomes manuscripts from a variety of cultural and theoretical perspectives, while also considering traditional, biographical, historical, and archival studies of American music and its artists, composers, genres, and practitioners. The series also welcomes interpretive analyses of American music, as well as manuscripts that investigate its sociocultural production, its political manifestations, and the history of the business practices and technological innovations associated with its development.

Please submit manuscript proposals (submission guidelines) to Kenneth Womack, Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, .

Kenneth Womack

Advisory Board:
Henry L. Carrigan Jr.
Walter Everett
Cheryl L. Keyes
Hannah Lewis
Tim Riley
Larry Starr

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