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 http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip074/2006036207.html
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
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