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Listening and Longing

Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum

Daniel Cavicchi


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An intriguing look at music listening in nineteenth-century America

Winner of the Northeast Popular Culture Association's Peter C. Rollins Book Award (2012)
Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award (2012)

Listening and Longing explores the emergence of music listening in the United States, from its early stages in the antebellum era, when entrepreneurs first packaged and sold the experience of hearing musical performance, to the Gilded Age, when genteel critics began to successfully redefine the cultural value of listening to music. In a series of interconnected stories, American studies scholar Daniel Cavicchi focuses on the impact of industrialization, urbanization, and commercialization in shaping practices of music audiences in America. Grounding our contemporary culture of listening in its seminal historical moment--before the iPod, stereo system, or phonograph--Cavicchi offers a fresh understanding of the role of listening in the history of music.

Wesleyan University Press, 9780819571625, 280pp.

Publication Date: December 15, 2011

About the Author

DANIEL CAVICCHI is an associate professor of American studies and head of the Department of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences at Rhode Island School of Design. He is the author of Tramps Like Us: Music and Meaning among Springsteen Fans and coeditor of My Music: Explorations of Music in Daily Life. His public work has included "Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom," an inaugural exhibit for the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.