Award Winning Books: Music and Dance

Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music

David F. García

Certificate of Merit for Best Research in Recorded Folk, Ethnic, or World Music from the Association for Recorded Sound, 2007

The life and times of one of Cuba's most important musicians

224 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 tables, 18 figures, 12 halftones


Chilean New Song

The Political Power of Music, 1960s-1973

J. Patrice McSherry

Cecil B. Currey Book Award, 2015

An examination of the Chilean New Song movement as an organic part of the struggles for progressive social change, deeper democracy, and social justice in Chile in the 1960s and early 1970s

254 pages | 6 x 9


East Indian Music in the West Indies

Tân-Singing, Chutney, and the Making of Indo-Caribbean Culture

Peter Manuel

Gordon K. Lewis Award from the Caribbean Studies Association, 2000

An introduction to the music of Indo-Caribbean culture

288 pages | 7 x 10 | 1 map 34 figures 18 halftones


I Walked with Giants

The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath

Jimmy Heath and Joseph McLaren

Best Book of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association, 2011

A life in music portrayed by an NEA jazz master and his legendary friends

344 pages | 6 x 9 | 35 halftones


I Wanna Be Me

Rock Music and the Politics of Identity

Theodore Gracyk

Co-Winner of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Book Award, 2002

From the Sex Pistols and Eminem to Bonnie Raitt and Ani DiFranco, rockers contribute to our cultural capital

304 pages | 6 x 9


Musicians from a Different Shore

Asians and Asian Americans in Classical Music

Mari Yoshihara

"Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award" from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2007

Why do so many Asians devote their lives to playing Western classical music?

288 pages | 6 x 9 | 18 halftones


The Philadelphia Orchestra

A Century of Music

Philadelphia Orchestra Assoc., edited by John Ardoin

Philadelphia Book Clinic Certificate of Award, 2000

Dedicated to the millions of people who have experienced the joy of The Philadelphia Orchestra

256 pages | 9 x 12 | 241 duotones


Rave Culture

The Alteration and Decline of a Philadelphia Music Scene

Tammy L Anderson

Charles Horten Cooley Award, 2010

Exposing the forces behind the decline of the rave scene in Philadelphia and elsewhere

240 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 tables, 2 figures, 9 halftones


Softly, with Feeling

Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music

Edward Berger

Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Award for Excellence in the category of Best Historical Research in Recorded Jazz, 2015

The story of Joe Wilder, who broke musical and racial barriers

400 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 35 halftones


Songs of the Caged, Songs of the Free

Music and the Vietnamese Refugee Experience

Adelaida Reyes

Book Award from the U.S. Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, 2000

Viewing the Vietnamese refugee experience through its music

248 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 3 tables, 6 figures, 12 halftones


Sounds of the Modern Nation

Music, Culture, and Ideas in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

Alejandro L. Madrid

International Casa de las Américas Musicology Prize, 2005

How the relationships between avant-garde music and ideas of modernity in post-revolutionary Mexico shaped discourses of nationality

224 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 3 tables, 36 figures


Sweating Saris

Indian Dance as Transnational Labor

Priya Srinivasan

Emory Elliott Book Award, 2012

Seeing Indian dancers as gendered labor highlights the politics of Asian American racialization, migration, and citizenship

238 pages | 6 x 9 | 6 halftones


Swingin' at the Savoy

The Memoir of a Jazz Dancer

Norma Miller and Evette Jensen

Norma Miller is a recipient of the 2003 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowships

A celebration of a life of dancing the Lindy Hop

304 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 figure, 52 halftones


Whisper Not

The Autobiography of Benny Golson

Benny Golson and Jim Merod

Association for Recorded Sound Collections' award for Best History Book in the category of Best Historical Research in Recorded Jazz, 2017
One of the Best Jazz books of 2017 by New York City Jazz Record

A funny, touching, and insightful memoir from one of the last surviving members of the greatest generation of American jazz musicians

352 pages | 6 x 9 | 33 halftones


Whose National Music?

Identity, Mestizaje, and Migration in Ecuador

Ketty Wong

Latin American Studies Association Ecuadorian Studies Section Book Prize for the most outstanding work published in the field of Ecuadorian studies, 2012

How class divisions shape the definition of Ecuador's national music and identity.

272 pages | 6 x 9 | 18 figures, 19 halftones, 1 map