The Music/Culture series examines how music functions as a social force. The series includes studies of musical practices from all over the globe and from different historical moments. Music/Culture focuses on how music reflects and shapes concepts of the body, gender, emotions, the self, and social organization. Music/Culture strives to integrate a variety of approaches to the study of music, linking analysis of musical significance to larger issues of power—what is permitted and forbidden, who is included and excluded, who speaks and who gets silenced.


A new book series from Wesleyan University Press

The Music/Interview series embraces the principle that any good interview is about the creative use of dialogue, not simply about extracting information through the mechanics of question-and-answer. Books in the series will focus on encounters with significant figures in music, presenting the most provocative and resonant interviews possible. The series will represent artists who not only made their mark through their musical work but have also had insightful and profound things to say about creativity, politics, and culture.


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Voices in Bali  Black Noise  John Cage Silence  Sensational Knowldege  Umm Kulthum

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Deborah Wong

Deborah Wong is Professor of Music at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Speak It Louder: Asian Making Music and Sounding the Center: History and Aesthetics in Thai Buddhist Ritual. She served as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology from 2007 to 2009, and currently serves on the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Advisory Council. 
Sherrie Tucker

Sherrie Tucker is Professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas. She is the author of Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen and Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s, and coeditor of Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies. She is a member of the Melba Liston Research Collective and the AUMI (Adaptive Use Musical Instrument) Research Project. She coedits the journal American Studies

Jeremy Wallach

Jeremy Wallach is Professor in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is the author of Modern Noise, Fluid Genres: Popular Music in Indonesia, 1997–2001 and coeditor of a special Indonesia issue of Asian Music. Wallach is also coeditor of Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music around the World. He has published on a range of musical topics, including sound recordings, dangdut, gamelan, jazz, metal, punk, and world music. He serves on the editorial board of Ethnomusicology. 

Daniel Cavicchi

Daniel Cavicchi is an associate professor of American studies and head of the Department of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences at Rhode Island School of Design. He is the author of Tramps Like Us: Music and Meaning among Springsteen Fans and the coeditor of My Music: Exploratons of Music in Daily Life. His public work has included "Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom," an inaugural exhibit for the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.