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No other instrument has witnessed such a dramatic rise to popularity–and precipitous decline–as the accordion. Squeeze This!: A Cultural History of the Accordion in America by Marion Jacobson is the first history of the piano accordion and the first book-length study of the accordion as a uniquely American musical and cultural phenomenon.

The first comprehensive study of Mancini’s music, Henry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music by John Caps describes how the composer served as a bridge between the Big Band period of World War II and the impatient eclecticism of the Baby Boomer generation, between the grand formal orchestral film scores of the past and a modern American minimalist approach.

You may have read about the Longwood Symphony orchestra (LSO) in the paper or heard them on your favorite radio station. But the LSO is not just any orchestra. it began in 1982 with a group of talented Boston-area physicians, med students and health-care professionals and has since flourished under the leadership of violinist Dr. Lisa Wong, who became president of the LSO in 1991. The orchestra is now a proud, extraordinary group of musicians with fans around the globe. In Scales to Scalpels, Dr. Wong and Robert Viagas chronicle how the musical acumen of these physicians affects the way they administer healing and, in turn, how their work affects their music.

Hearts of Darkness by Dave Thompson is the story of a generation’s coming of age through the experiences of its three most atypical pop stars. James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Cat Stevens could never have been considered your typical late-sixties songwriters – self-absorbed and self-composed, all three eschewed the traditional means of delivering their songs, instead turning its process inward.

With exclusive new interviews with members Moe Tucker and Doug Yule, as well as the widow of bandmate Sterling Morrison, journalist Jovanovic peels back the mystique of one of the most important bands in rock history–Seeing the Light: The Velvet Underground by Rob Jovanovic.

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