The books listed in this column address music as it relates to political expression or focus to a significant degree on power relationships between individual musicians or musical communities and a governing authority. Readers are welcome to submit additional titles to musicandpolitics@umich.edu for possible inclusion in the next issue.


  • Ahlgren, Angela K. Drumming Asian America: Taiko, Performance, and Cultural Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Allen, Roger. Wilhelm Furtwängler: Art and the Politics of the Unpolitical. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2018.
  • Amoah-Ramey, Nana Abena. Female Highlife Performers in Ghana: Expression, Resistance, and Advocacy. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.
  • Ansari, Emily Abrams. The Sound of a Superpower: Musical Americanism and the Cold War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Bartleet, Brydie-Leigh and Lee Higgins, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Community Music. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Borge, Jason. Tropical Riffs: Latin America and the Politics of Jazz. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018.
  • Boyd-Bennett, Harriet. Opera in Postwar Venice: Cultural Politics and the Avant-Garde. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Bridge, Simone Krüger. Trajectories and Themes in World Popular Music: Globalization, Capitalism, Identity. Sheffield, UK: Equinox Publishing, 2018.
  • Christiansen, Paul. Orchestrating Public Opinion: How Music Persuades in Television Political Ads for US Presidential Campaigns, 1952-2016. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018.
  • Dent, Bob. Painting the Town Red: Politics and the Arts During the 1919 Hungarian Soviet Republic. London: Pluto Press, 2018.
  • Dillane, Aileen, Martin J. Power, Eoin Devereux, and Amanda Haynes, eds. Songs of Social Protest: International Perspectives. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.
  • Dorr, Kirstie A. On Site, In Sound: Performance Geographies in América Latina. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018.
  • Fan, Xing. Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera during the Cultural Revolution. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2018.
  • Fiddler, Allyson. The Art of Resistance: Cultural Protest against the Austrian Far Right in the Early Twenty-First Century. New York: Berghahn Books, 2018.
  • Fulcher, Jane F. Renegotiating French Identity: Musical Culture and Creativity in France during Vichy and the German Occupation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Garratt, James. Music and Politics: A Critical Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Gill, Lyndon K. Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018.
  • Gorfinkel, Lauren. Chinese Television and National Identity Construction: The Cultural Politics of Music Entertainment Programmes. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Guevara, Rubén Funkahuatl. Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer. Oakland: University of California Press, 2018.
  • Halliwell, Michael. National Identity in Contemporary Australian Opera. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Harper-Scott, J.P.E. Ideology in Britten’s Operas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Hebert, David, and Mikolaj Rykowski, eds. Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.
  • Heckert, Deborah. Composing History: National Identities and the English Masque Revival, 1860-1920. Woodbridge, UK: The Boydell Press, 2018.
  • Impey, Angela. Song Walking: Women, Music, and Environmental Justice in an African Borderland. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
  • Iverson, Jennifer. Electronic Inspirations: Technologies of the Cold War Musical Avant-Garde. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Kafumbe, Damascus. Tuning the Kingdom: Kawuugulu Musical Performance, Politics, and Storytelling in Buganda. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2018.
  • Kelly, Elaine, Markus Mantere, and Derek Scott, eds. Confronting the National in the Musical Past. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Layne, Priscilla. White Rebels in Black: German Appropriation of Black Popular Culture. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2018.
  • Lee, Gavin. Rethinking Difference in Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Music: Theory and Politics of Ambiguity. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Lefkovitz, Aaron E. Jimi Hendrix and the Cultural Politics of Popular Music. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
  • Lovesey, Oliver, ed. Popular Music and the Postcolonial. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Maus, Fred Everett and Sheila Whiteley. The Oxford Handbook of Music and Queerness. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • McCleave, Sarah and Brian G. Caraher. Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration: Poetry, Music, and Politics. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Moore, Rachel. Performing Propaganda: Musical Life and Culture in Paris during the First World War. Woodbridge, UK: The Boydell Press, 2018.
  • Morgan, Joseph E. and Gregory N. Reish, ed. Tyranny and Music. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.
  • Mullen, John, ed. Popular Song in the First World War: An International Perspective. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Oakes, Jason Lee and Justin D. Burton, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Oware, Matthew. I Got Something To Say: Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
  • Patton, Raymond A. Punk Crisis: The Global Punk Rock Revolution. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Rollins, Jaime. Lullabies and Battle Cries: Music, Identity, and Emotion Among Republican Parading Bands in Northern Ireland. New York: Berghahn Books, 2018. Sarath, Ed. Black Music Matters: Jazz and the Transformation of Music Studies. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.
  • Schiller, Melanie. Soundtracking Germany: Popular Music and National Identity. New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018.
  • Smart, Mary Ann. Waiting for Verdi: Italian Opera and Political Opinion, 1815-1848. Oakland: University of California Press, 2018.
  • Stephens, Randall J. The Devil’s Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock ‘N’ Roll. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018.
  • Sykes, Jim. The Musical Gift: Sonic Generosity in Post-War Sri Lanka. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Tunbridge, Laura. Singing in the Age of Anxiety: Lieder Performances in New York and London between the World Wars. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
  • Vuletic, Dean. Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
  • Way, Lyndon C.S. Popular Music and Multimodel Critical Discourse Studies: Ideology, Control, and Resistance in Turkey since 2002. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.