Call for Submissions: “Music and Social Justice” Series

by Kathryn Beaton October 11, 2017

From Plato to Public Enemy, people have debated the relationship between music and justice—rarely arriving at much consensus over the art form’s ethics and aesthetics, uses and abuses, virtues and vices. So what roles can music and musicians play in agendas of justice? And what should musicians and music scholars do if—during moments of upheaval, complacency, ennui—music ends up seemingly drained of its beauty, power, and relevance? University of Michigan Press is proud to announce a new series, Music and Social Justice. Across academic and trade presses, this is the first (and long overdue) series calling for work in music […]

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‘Elevator Music’ author Joseph Lanza discusses the future of Muzak on WNYC’s “The Takeaway”

by Brianne Johnson February 11, 2013

Following the announcement last week that the company that owns Muzak® will be retiring the name, WNYC’s “The Takeaway” host John Hockenberry spoke with Joseph Lanza, author of Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening, and Other Moodsong, about the often misunderstood musical genre. In the interview, Lanza discusses the future of the Muzak® Corporation, which he describes as “the G.E. [General Electric Company] of background music.” “[Muzak®] will be a company, but they probably will not be using the word ‘muzak’ anymore, and they’re not really gonna be piping very much of any elevator music any more….It’s like a company that produces all kinds […]

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‘Bytes and Backbeats’ author Steve Savage featured in IASPM interview series

by Emily January 21, 2013

Steve Savage, author of Bytes & Backbeats: Repurposing Music in the Digital Age, chatted with Marilou Polymeropoulou, a D.Phil student at St. Peter’s College, for an installment in the International Association for the Study of Popular Music’s interview series. During the discussion, Savage shared his thoughts on how mainstream music has changed over the years, the effect the Internet has had on the underground, and the origins of repurposing. Of the latter, Savage says: If I had to try to create a hierarchy of influences, I’d place the musician’s aesthetic and creative impulses at the top. Generally I think innovation in music […]

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‘Bytes & Backbeats’ Author Confronts Egan’s ‘Goon Squad’

by Shaun Manning November 7, 2011

Sometimes the greatest reinforcement for ones academic work comes in popular literature. Such occurred for me as I was reading Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad.

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Shim wins 2008 ARSC Award

by University of Michigan Press September 15, 2008

Eunmi Shim, author of Lennie Tristano: His Life in Music (2007) has been awarded the 2008 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Lennie Tristano occupies a rare position not only in jazz history but in the history of twentieth-century music. Emerging from an era when modernism was the guiding principle in art, Tristano explored musical avenues that were avant-garde even by modernism’s experimental standards. In so doing, he tested and transcended the boundaries of jazz. With its blend of oral history, archival research, and musical analysis, Lennie Tristano sheds new light on the […]

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