MUSI 3843: History of American Music from 1800-1960

Reference Sources

These are good places to start when you’re looking for a topic or want to get a general overview of a topic you’ve already chosen.

General

Ewen, David. 1987. American Songwriters: an H.W. Wilson Biographical Dictionary. New York: H.W. Wilson. 782.42164092273 E946a 1987  

Hitchcock, H. Wiley, and Stanley Saide. 1992. The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. New York: Grove’s Dictionaries of Music. 780.97303 G883 1986 

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

The online version of one of the most authoritative and comprehensive encyclopedias.

Blues/R&B

Drozdowski, Ted, Howard Mandel, and John Scofield. 2005. The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues. New York: Billboard Books. 781.6503 B596 2005 

Hoffmann, Frank W. 2006. Rhythm and Blues, Rap, and Hip-Hop. New York, NY: Facts On File. ML 102 .R43 H6 2006

Weissman, Dick. 2006. Blues. New York, NY: Facts On File. ML 102 .B6 W45 2006

Classical

Butterworth, Neil. 2005. Dictionary of American Classical Composers. New York: Routledge. 780.92273 B9887d 2005

Hill, Brad. 2006. Classical. New York, NY: Facts On File. ML 101 .U6 H55 2006

Country/Folk

Carlin, Richard. 2003. Country Music: a Biographical Dictionary. New York: Routledge. 781.6420922 C282c 2003  

Carlin, Richard. 2006. Folk. New York: Facts On File. ML 102 .F66 C37 2006

Kingsbury, Paul. 1998. The Encyclopedia of Country Music: the Ultimate Guide to the Music. New York: Oxford University Press. 781.64203 E56, 1998

Stambler, Irwin, and Grelun Landon. 1969. Encyclopedia of Folk, Country, and Western Music. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 781.6213 S7832e 1969

Gospel

McNeil, W. K. 2005. Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music. New York: Routledge. 782.25403 E5637 2005

Jazz

Drozdowski, Ted, Howard Mandel, and John Scofield. 2005. The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues. New York: Billboard Books. 781.6503 B596 2005

Feather, Leonard, and Ira Gitler. 1999. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. New York: Oxford University Press. 781.650922 F288b, 1999  

Holmes, Thom. 2006. Jazz. New York, NY: Facts On File. ML 102 .J3 H65 2006

Kernfeld, Barry Dean. 2002. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. New York: Grove. 781.6503 N532k 2001 

Musical Theater

Hischak, Thomas S. 1995. The American Musical Theatre Song Encyclopedia. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. 782.140973 H673a 1995

Pop/Rock

Gammond, Peter. 1991. The Oxford Companion to Popular Music. Oxford : Oxford University Press. 781.6403 G193o

Larkin, Colin. 1995. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Enfield, England: Guinness Pub. 781.6403 G964L 1995

Morrison, Craig. 2006. Rock and Roll. New York: Facts On File. ML 102 .R6 M67 2006

Finding Books

Try some of these subject searches to find library materials on your topic. You can limit your search results with the check boxes to the left of the results. If the item you want isn’t in our library, you can request that we borrow it from another library.
African American composers

African Americans–Music

Blues (Music)

Blues musicians–United States

Church music–United States

Composers–United States

Country music

Country musicians–United States

Folk music–United States

Gospel music

Gospel musicians–United States

Jazz

Jazz musicians–United States

Lyricists–United States

Music–United States

Musical theater

Musicians–United States

Popular music–United States

Rhythm and blues music

 Finding Music Recordings

The library has two databases of streaming music that is free for all students to use.

Classical Music Library

Jazz Music Library