Four UPM Titles Earn Award from Choice

Four University Press of Mississippi titles have been named to the latest Outstanding Academic Title list from Choice. Organ Theft Legends, Prophet Singer, Pearl Harbor Jazz, and Ragged But Right all share this distinct and select honor.

These outstanding works have been selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important--often the first--treatment of their subject. Choice Outstanding Academic Titles are truly the "best of the best."

Read more about these four exceptional books below.

Organ Theft Legends, by VĂ©ronique Campion-Vincent. An unflinching exploration of the sources of tales of dismemberment.

Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie, by Mark Allan Jackson. An exploration of the history and intent behind the song lyrics of a great American folk singer.

Pearl Harbor Jazz: Change in Popular Music in the early 1940s, by Peter Townsend. A close examination of the period when World War II transformed American popular music.

Ragged But Right: Black Traveling Shows, "Coon Songs," and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz, by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff. A groundbreaking study of "coon songs" and ragtime in black musical comedies, circus sideshows, and tented minstrel shows.