American Popular Music

This series seeks concise, well-written, classroom-friendly books that will be useful to students and teachers and accessible to general readers. Although the series is open to a diverse range of approaches, including interdisciplinary studies, the editors are particularly interested in manuscripts and proposals in the following areas: critical biographies of figures in American popular music; analytical institutional histories; crucial moments in music history; music as it is experienced and appropriated.

Manuscript Submissions

Please direct manuscript inquiries to the series editors or to:

Brian Halley, Senior Editor
UMass Press, Boston Office
Provost Office / Quinn Building
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Series Editor

Jeffrey Melnick
American Studies
University of Massachusetts Boston

Editorial Advisory Board

Daphne Brooks
Yale University

David Garcia
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nadine Hubbs
University of Michigan

Travis A. Jackson
University of Chicago

David Suisman
​University of Delaware

Timothy D. Taylor
University of California, Los Angeles

Titles (arranged by year of publication)

The Honky Tonk on the Left
Progressive Thought in Country Music
Country Comes to Town
The Music Industry and the Transformation of Nashville
Writing the Record
The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism
[node-title] The Mistakes of Yesterday, the Hopes of Tomorrow
The Story of the Prisonaires
Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans
[node-title] Forever Doo-Wop
Race, Nostalgia, and Vocal Harmony