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Coverage for grant FA-53011-07

San Francisco's Musical Life, 1906-45
Leta Miller, Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz

Grant details:

History and Insight: Music and Politics in San Francisco (Review)
Author(s): Gereben, Janos
Publication: San Francisco Classical Voice
Date: 10/7/2011
Abstract: SF Classical Voice is an on-line classical music magazine. Gereben praises the book, which was just released a few days earlier. One notable quote: "Few histories or musicological studies provide as lively and entertaining reading as Music and Politics. Years of extensive research — through interviews, newspapers, archives — resulted in a mother lode of data, but the marvel of Miller's book is how she makes all that information coalesce in a colorful, memorable narrative. Besides many "scoops" of hitherto unknown or little facts, and impressive scholarly exposition, Miller offers such quirky connections between music and Chinatown, Henry Hadley, Henry Cowell, Harry Partch, Ernest Bloch, and Lou Harrison."

The political side of music history in San Francisco (Review)
Author(s): Stephen Smoliar
Publication: San Francisco Examier
Date: 12/27/2011
Abstract: Smoliar reviews and praises the book. One notable paragraph: "Through argumentation she establishes a claim and then sets about to marshal evidence to support the claim, summing up her findings in her final chapter just as a lawyer would deliver a closing statement. However, through exposition she embeds her evidence in a rich context of people, places, and things that fleshes out her reasoning and elevates it beyond the objective abstractions of mere logic. That context is then elaborated through a rich command of descriptive language (mastering what I have always believed is the most challenging of the text types). Finally, to emphasize that all of this involves “thinking in time,” she delivers the whole package with all the storytelling qualities of a good narrative."

Radio appearance-KZSC (Media Coverage)
Date: 12/27/2011
Abstract: Interview on Bruce Bratten's weekly radio show on Dec 6, 2011.

Musical Politics in Old San Francisco (Review)
Author(s): Ivry, Benjamin
Publication: The Jewish Daily Forward
Date: 1/13/2012
Abstract: A strong review of the book, emphasizing Jewish figures discussed in it.

Miller, Music and Politics in San Francisco (Review)
Author(s): W. K. Kearns
Publication: Choice
Date: 3/1/2012
Abstract: Strong review with evaluation a "highly recommended" for lower-division undergrads through faculty and professionals, as well as for general readers.