Popular Music

Celebrate Pride with UM Press

by Lauren Stachew June 23, 2016

This month is the 47th annual LGBT Pride Month, which began in June 1969 to commemorate the Stonewall riots in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. This commemorative month not only celebrates sexual diversity and gender variance, but also increases visibility and emphasizes positivity and self-love in the LGBT community. Parades, marches, rallies, and commemorations are held across the world annually during this month. Performing Queer Latinidad by Ramón H. Rivera-Servera highlights the critical role that performance played in the development of Latina/o queer public culture in the United States during the 1990s and early 2000s, a period when the size and influence […]

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Election Hype: Robert Boatright in Washington Post, Vox

by Phillip Witteveen July 11, 2014

There’s a kind of new journalism going on at Vox, with its swerving grey imprimatur over sharp yellow rectangles. One of Vox’ ever-changing taglines makes you think about its name: “The smartest thinkers, the toughest questions.” Vox is a stress test of the upper limit of our most interesting conversationalists, for whatever has brought them to our attention: being threatened by North Korea for a comedy (Seth Rogen), being the most powerful man in the free world (Mr. President, your two minutes are up) or having a nifty point of view on pop music (say, Bob Stanley, music journalist and author). Vox […]

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From the Vault: Press Awards from 2003-2008

by Mikala Carpenter August 14, 2013

Our “From the Vault” posts allow you to take a peek into the history of the Press, where you can rediscover past authors, projects, editors, awards, and more that led to the development of the university publisher that the Press is today. This window into our past spotlights backlist or out-of-print titles and series and also recommends and contextualizes them with similar current and forthcoming titles. Explore the drawers of the Vault with our intern, Mikala Carpenter, as we uncover the hidden treasures that await us in the archives of the University of Michigan Press. This is the first of […]

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“Rocker/Academic” John Covach talks to The Chronicle of Higher Education about popular music scholarship

by Brianne Johnson February 6, 2013

John Covach, “Academic by day and rock musician by night” – and co-editor of Sounding Out Pop: Analytical Essays in Popular Music – recently discussed the new Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester (a “way to do the rock thing in the academic context,” as he put it) with The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the article, Covach, who is the director of the Institute, expressed the importance of popular music scholarship, stating “Talking about the Beatles or Elvis or Springsteen should be no different than talking about Beethoven or Bach.” To that end, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, “The […]

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John Covach makes the case for studying pop music in ‘Scientific American’ guest blog

by Emily January 22, 2013

In a recent guest blog for Scientific American titled “Taking Pop Music Seriously,” John Covach, director of the recently established Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester and co-editor of the University of Michigan Press title Sounding Out Pop: Analytical Essays in Popular Music, explained the importance of studying popular music. In the post, Covach points out that since the early twentieth century, “music has been a constant and often integral part of American culture,” and that to fully understand how music factors into the big picture of the past 100 years, one should consider the contributions of Scott Joplin, […]

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