The books listed in this column address music as it relates to political expression or focus to a significant degree on relationships between individual musicians or musical communities and a governing authority. Most of the works listed were published within the previous half year. Readers are welcome to submit additional titles to schroeder@library.ucsb.edu for possible inclusion in the next issue.


  • 33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day. By Dorian Lynskey. New York: Ecco, 2011. [xvi, 660 p. ISBN-13 9780061670152. $19.99.]
  • Art Outside the Lines: New Perspectives on GDR Art Culture. Edited by Elaine Kelly and Amy Wlodarski. (German Monitor, 74.) Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011. [x, 278 p. ISBN-13 9789042033412. $84.]
  • Broken Harmony: Shakespeare and the Politics of Music. By Joseph M. Ortiz. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011. [xiv, 261 p. ISBN-13 9780801449314. $45. ]
  • Buena Vista in the Club: Rap, Reggaetón, and Revolution in Havana. By Geoffrey Baker. (Refiguring American Music.) Durham: Duke University Press, 2011. [xii, 410 p. ISBN-13 9780822349402, $99.95 (hbk.); 9780822349594, $25.95 (pbk.).]
  • Deutsche-jüdische Identität und Überlebenskampf: Jüdische Komponisten im Berlin der NS-Zeit. By Jascha Nemtsov. (Jüdische Musik, 10.) Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2010. [354 p. + 1 CD. ISBN-13 9783447062695. €38.]
  • Dub in Babylon: Understanding the Evolution and Significance of Dub Reggae in Jamaica and Britain from King Tubby to Post-punk. By Christopher H. Partridge. (Studies in Popular Music.) London: Equinox, 2010. [xiv, 319 p. ISBN-13 9781845533113, $90 (hbk.); 9781845533120, $28.95 (pbk.).]
  • Ecos del tiempo subterráneo: Las peñas en Santiago durante el régimen militar (1973–1983). By Cristian González Farfán and Gabriela Bravo Chiappe. (Historia.) Santiago de Chile: LOM Ediciones, 2009. [217 p. ISBN-13 9789560000965. $16.80.]
  • Gefährliche Lieder: Lieder und Geschichten der unangepassten Jugend im Rheinland, 1933–45. By Doris Werheid, Jörg Seyffarth, and Jan Krauthäuser. Cologne: Emons, 2010. [192 p. + 1 CD. ISBN-13 978-3-89705-742-5. €19.95.
  • Good Music for a Free People: The Germania Musical Society in Nineteenth-Century America. By Nancy Newman. (Eastman Studies in Music, 81.) Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2010. [xv, 315 p. ISBN-13 9781580463454. $80.]
  • Harmony and Discord: Music and the Transformation of Russian Cultural Life. By Lynn M. Sargeant. (New Cultural History of Music.) New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. [ix, 354 p. ISBN-13 9780199735266. $45.]
  • L'Institution musicale. Jean-Michel Bardez et al., eds. (Musique/Pouvoirs.) Sampzon, France: Delatour France, 2011. [158 p. ISBN-13 978-2-7521-0088-7. €18.
  • Jazz behind the Iron Curtain. Edited by Gertrud Pickhan and Rüdiger Ritter. (Jazz: Jazz under State Socialism, 1.) Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010. [316 p. ISBN-13 9783631591727. $72.95.]
  • Jean Cras, Polymath of Music and Letters. By Paul-André Bempéchat. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2009. [xxviii, 569 p. ISBN-13 9780754606833. $99.95.]
  • Jukebox in the Garden: Ecocriticism and American Popular Music since 1960. By David Ingram. (Nature, Culture, and Literature, 7.) Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. [276 p. ISBN-13 9789042032095. $77.]
  • Kunst als Brücke zwischen den Kulturen: Afro-amerikanische Musik im Licht der schwarzen Bürgerrechtsbewegung. By Jürg Martin Meili. (Kultur und soziale Praxis.) Bielefeld: Transcript, 2011. [316 p. ISBN-13 9783837617320. €32.80.]
  • The Life, Music, and Thought of Woody Guthrie: A Critical Appraisal. By John S. Partington. (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series.) Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011. [viii, 196 p. ISBN-13 9780754669555. $99.95.]
  • Mozart and the Nazis: How the Third Reich Abused a Cultural Icon. By Erik Levi. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010. [vii, 324 p. ISBN-13 9780300123067. $40.]
  • La muse du peuple: Chansons politiques et sociales en France, 1815–1871. By Philippe Darriulat. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2011. [381 p. ISBN-13 9782753512313. €22.
  • Musical Renderings of the Philippine Nation. By Christi-Anne Castro. (New Cultural History of Music.) New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. [234 p. ISBN-13 9780199746408. $55.]
  • Music and Urban Society in Colonial Latin America. Edited by Geoffrey Baker and Tess Knighton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. [xix, 371 p. ISBN-13 9780521766869. $90.]
  • Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and His Fifteen Quartets. By Wendy Lesser. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. [xv, 350 p. ISBN-13 9780300169331. $28.]
  • Musik als politischer Faktor: Konzepte, Intentionen und Praxis französischer Umerziehungs- und Kulturpolitik in Deutschland 1945–49/50. By Andreas Linsenmann. (Edition lendemains, 19.) Tübingen: Narr, 2010. [286 p. ISBN-13 978-3-8233-6545-7. €58.
  • Musiktheater eines Kaiserpaars: Wien 1677 bis 1705. By Susanne Rode-Breymann. Hildesheim: Olms, 2010. [450 p. ISBN-13 9783487144740. €58.]
  • No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism. By David W. Stowe. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. [291 p. ISBN-139780807834589. $37.50.]
  • Pane, rose e libertà: Le canzoni che hanno fatto l'Italia: 150 anni di musica popolare, sociale e di protesta. By Cesare Bermani. (BUR Senzafiltro.) Milan: BUR Rizzoli,2011. [xxxviii, 200 p. + 3 CDs. ISBN-13 9788817046244. €24.90.]
  • Playing for Change: Music and Musicians in the Service of Social Movements. By Rob Rosenthal. Boulder, Colo.: Paradigm Publishers, 2011. [vi, 323 p. ISBN-13 9781594517884. $93.]
  • Politics and Ethnicity: Political Anthroponymy in Northern Ghana. By Abdulai Salifu. (Focus on Civilizations and Cultures; African Political, Economic, and Security Issues Series.) New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2011. [x, 156 p. ISBN-13 9781611221398. $69.] An investigation of the praise poetry of the drummers of Dagbon in Northern Ghana.
  • Politisierte Orchester: Die Wiener Philharmoniker und das Berliner Philharmonische Orchester im Nationalsozialismus. By Fritz Trümpi. Vienna: Böhlau, 2011. [357 p. ISBN-13 9783205786573. €39.]
  • Representations of the Orient in Western Music: Violence and Sensuality. By Nasser Al-Taee. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2010. [xvi, 305 p. ISBN-13 9780754664697. $124.95.]
  • Staging Socialist Femininity: Gender Politics and Folklore Performance in Serbia. By Ana Hofman. (Balkan Studies Library, 1.) Leiden: Brill, 2011. [ix, 148 p. ISBN-13 9789004191792. $141.]
  • School Music Education and Social Change in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. By Wai-chung Ho. (Social Sciences in Asia, 30.) Leiden: Brill, 2011. [xi, 258 p. ISBN-13 9789004189171. $118.]
  • Shostakovich Studies 2. Edited by Pauline Fairclough. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. [xi, 323 p. ISBN-13 9780521111188. $90.]
  • Singing Out: An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals. By David King Dunaway and Molly Beer. (Oxford Oral History Series.) New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. [xi, 255 p. ISBN-13 9780195378344. $27.95.]
  • The Staging of History in France: The Characterization of Historical Figures in French Grand Opera during the Reign of Louis-Philippe. By Mark A. Pottinger. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2009. [329 p. ISBN-13 9783639154689. €79.]
  • Sukuma Labor Songs from Western Tanzania: We Never Sleep, We Dream of Farming. By Frank Gunderson. (African Sources for African History, 11.) Leiden: Brill, 2010. [xxxi, 535 p. ISBN-13 9789004184688. $131.]
  • Survivre et mourir en musique, dans les camps nazis. By Bruno Giner. (Détours.) Paris: Berg, 2011. [190 p. ISBN-13 9782917191392. €19.]
  • Towards a Twenty-First-Century Feminist Politics of Music. By Sally Macarthur. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2010. [xii, 193 p. ISBN-13 9781409409823. $99.95.]
  • Unterhaltungsmusik und NS-Verfolgung. By Christoph Dompke. (Musik im "Dritten Reich" und im Exil, 15.) Neumünster: Von Bockel, 2009. [393 p. ISBN-13 9783932696800. €39.80.]
  • Woodie Guthrie, American Radical. By Will Kaufman. (Music in American Life.) Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011. [xxv, 270 p. ISBN-13 9780252036026. $29.95.]
  • Yo no permito: Rock y ética en Argentina durante la última dictadura. By Ramón Sanz Ferramol and Horacio Delbueno. (Derechos humanos.) San Luis, Argentina: Nueva Editorial Universitaria, 2009. [130 p. ISBN-13 9789871595051.]