Sound Matters

No longer active. Using music as the entry point for cultural analysis, books in the series Sound Matters, edited by Michael Jarrett, seek to articulate the values, beliefs, and dreams of the societies that create it. This series invites project proposals whose interdisciplinary approaches to music and cultural analysis will result in innovative, provocative, and accessible results. 

I Wanna Be Me

Rock Music and the Politics of Identity

Theodore Gracyk

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

304 pages | 6 x 9


Policing Pop

edited by Martin Cloonan and Reebee Garofalo

The sounds of surveillance

256 pages | 7 x 10 | 3 tables, 3 halftones


Pop Music and the Press

Edited by Steve Jones

Seeing pop music journalism as a form of cultural criticism

288 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 tables


Roy Orbison

The Invention of an Alternative Rock Masculinity

Peter Lehman

Fans called this singer/songwriter "The Voice"

224 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 halftones


Sound Tracks

A Musical ABC, Volumes 1-3

Michael Jarrett

A witty and astute reference book on popular music

304 pages | 5.5 x 9 | 86 halftones