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New and Notable—National Museum of American History Library

Here are some of the newest additions to the National Museum of American History Library, with the focus on music and design.

Kander and Ebb. James Leve; with a foreword by Geoffrey Block, general editor Yale University Press, c2009.

Contents: Forty-two years of musicals — The divinely decadent lives of Cabaret — Chicago : Broadway to Hollywood — Fred without John and John without Fred — Kiss of the spider woman : sex, politics, and the diva musical — Flops and second chances : Flora, the red menance [i.e. menace]; The happy time; Zorbá; 70, girls, 70; The rink; and Steel Pier — Divas or anti-divas? : The act and The woman of the year — Musicals abandoned and imagined — "A tough act to follow" : Curtains and three new shows.

Subject: Kander, John — Criticism and interpretation. Ebb, Fred — Criticism and interpretation. Musicals — United States — 20th century — History and criticism. ML2054 .L47 2009


Where the dark and the light folks meet: race and the mythology, politics, and business of jazz. Randall Sandke. Scarecrow Press, 2010.

Summary: Examines the origins of jazz and argues that African-American musicians were influenced by a variety of traditions in American culture in creating this art form.

Subject: Jazz — History and criticism. Jazz — Political aspects — United States. Music and race — United States. ML3508 .S27 2010


Making music in Los Angeles: transforming the popular. Catherine Parsons Smith. University of California Press, c2007.

Table of contents

Subject: Music — Social aspects — California — Los Angeles — History — 20th century. Music — Social aspects — California — Los Angeles — History — 19th century. ML3917.U6 S65 2007


Early American decorative arts, 1620-1860: a handbook for interpreters. Rosemary Troy Krill. AltaMira Press, c2010.

Contents: Interpreting decorative arts objects — Looking at objects — Understanding style — Furniture in the seventeenth-century or mannerist style — Furniture in the seventeenth-century or mannerist style — Furniture in the William and Mary or early baroque style — Furniture in the Queen Anne or late baroque style — Furniture in the chippendale or rococo style — Furniture in the federal or early classical-revival style — Furniture in the empire or late classical-revival style — Windsor furniture — Clocks — Ceramics — Glassware — Silver objects — Pewter objects — Iron, copper, and copper-alloy objects — Paintings and pictures — Prints — Textiles — Needlework — Floor coverings.

Subject: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. Decorative arts, Early American — Handbooks, manuals, etc. Decorative arts — United States — History — 19th century — Handbooks, manuals, etc. NK806 .K75 2010


The Pennsylvania-German decorated chest. Monroe H. Fabian; foreword by Frederick S. Weiser. Schiffer Pub., c2004.

Contents: The European background — The chest in Pennsylvania — Cabinetmaking and woods — Construction — Hardware — Surface decoration — Paint — Decoration and decorators — Outside Pennsylvania.

Subject: Chests — Pennsylvania. Painted country furniture, Pennsylvania Dutch. NK2725 .P46 2004 NMAH DOMESTIC LIFE

Chris Cottrill

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