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."
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Organ Theft Legends, by Véronique 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.