Recent Books

TheyCameToNashville_ChapmanThey Came to Nashville

(2010, Vanderbilt University Press and Country Music Foundation Press)

by Marshall Chapman, BA’71

Singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman interviews 15 Music City legends in her latest book, which she describes as her “love book to Nashville.” Starting with Kris Kristofferson and ending with Willie Nelson, Chapman’s interviews capture the camaraderie between these musicians who have made Nashville home along the route to their success in the music industry.


Wisdom-of-Bees-2The Wisdom of Bees: What the Hive Can Teach Business about Leadership, Efficiency and Growth

(2010, Portfolio Hardcover, Penguin)

by Michael O’Malley, PhD’81

When Michael O’Malley took up beekeeping, he started to observe that bees not only work together to achieve a common goal but, in the process, create a highly coordinated, efficient and remarkably productive organization. The hive behaved like a miniature but incredibly successful business. O’Malley realized that bees can actually teach managers a lot about how to run their organizations.


Music-Educ-in-Middle-AgesMusic Education in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

(2010, Indiana University Press)

edited by Russell E. Murray Jr., Susan Forscher Weiss, and Cynthia J. Cyrus, associate dean and associate professor of musicology



Providing an expansive view of the beginnings of music pedagogy, this volume shows how the act of learning was embedded in the early Western art music tradition. Contributors address topics including gender, social status, and the role of the church to better understand the identities of music teachers and students from 650 to 1650 in Western Europe.


SouthPacific_LovensheimerSouth Pacific: Paradise Rewritten

(2010, Oxford University Press)

by James Lovensheimer, assistant professor in music history and literature


In the inaugural volume of Oxford’s Broadway Legacies series, Lovensheimer tackles the complex origins of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that recently enjoyed a successful Broadway revival. The book reveals the lost pieces of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic and shows how its creators continually “walked a fine line between commercial and critical success and political controversy throughout the creative process.”


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