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America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway: America's Music: Bibliography

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The America's Music Bibliography

This page provides a selective list of books recommended by the Tribeca Film Institute to supplement the films viewed throughout the course of the America’s Music film and discussion series.

Latin Rhythms

From Bomba to Hip-Hop, Juan Flores

My Music Is My Flag, Ruth Glasser

Oye Como Va!, Deborah Pacini Hernandez

The Latin Beat, Ed Morales

The Latin Tinge, John Storm Roberts

The Book of Salsa, Cesar Miguel Rondon

The Blues & Gospel Music

Blues People, Amiri Baraka

The Golden Age of Gospel, Horace Clarence Boyer

Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the Musicians, Lawrence Cohn

The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times, Anthony Heilbut

Singing in My Soul: Black Gospel Music in a Secular Age, Jerma Jackson

The Land Where the Blues Began, Alan Lomax

Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry: The Untold Story of an American Legend, Scott Nelson

Country & Bluegrass

Bluegrass: A History, Neil Rosenberg

Bluegrass Breakdown, Robert Cantwell

Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass, Stephanie Ledgin

The Bluegrass Reader, Thomas Goldsmith, ed.

Traveling the High Way Home: Ralph Stanley and the World of Traditional Bluegrass Music, John Wright

Broadway & Tin Pan Alley

The American Popular Ballad of the Golden Era, 1924-1950, Allen Forte

Yesterdays: Popular Song in America, Charles Hamm

A Right to Sing the Blues: African Americans, Jews, and American Popular Song, Jeffrey Melnick

Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical, Andrea Most

Disintegrating the Musical: Black Performance and American Musical Film, Arthur Russell

Black and Blue: The Life and Lyrics of Andy Razaf, Barry Singer

American Popular Song: The Great Innovators 1900-1950, Alec Wilder

They’re Playing Our Song: Conversations with America’s Classic Songwriters, Max Wilk

Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical, Stacy Wolf

Swing Jazz

Blues People: Negro Music in White America, Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones)

The Birth of Bebop: A Social and Musical History, Scott DeVeaux

The Horn, John Clellon Holmes

Stomping the Blues, Albert Murray

Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz, John Szwed

Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s, Sherrie Tucker


Flowers in the Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll: 1947-1977, Jim Miller

Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads, Greil Marcus

Romancing the Folk: Public Memory and American Roots Music, Benjamin A. Filene

Waiting for the Sun: A Rock and Roll History of Los Angeles, Barney Hoskyns

The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll, Charlie Gillett

Summer of Love: The Inside Story of LSD, Rock & Roll, Free Love and High Times, Joel Selvin

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“America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music.  “America’s Music” has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

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