An interview with Douglas Hutton, executive producer of This is My America, a 3-CD set that presents a musical history of the United States, from before European settlers arrived to the present day.
Comments by songwriters and others involved in creating This Is My America, a 3-CD musical history of America from before European settlers arrived to the present day.
The long history of Manchester, England, includes a dichotomy of music and literature contrasted with horrible working conditions in 19th-century cotton mills that exemplified free trade at its most extreme.
Irving Berlin was perhaps America's most beloved composers.
By Paula Anne Greten
Former 'Puff the Magic Dragon' gunship pilot James P. 'Bull' Durham is a true balladeer of the Vietnam War.
John Howard Payne's haunting 'Home, Sweet Home' was the Civil War soldier's favorite song.
During the dark days of the Wehrmacht's long siege of Leningrad, the spirits of the Russian city's citizens and defenders were lifted by a musical masterpiece.
Ever since Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho, music has served as both a psychological weapon and a way to communicate in battle.
John Hill Hewitt did it all. He played three instruments. He penned poems and essays, and staged theater productions. And he churned out one hit tune after another.
He could make tired soldiers laugh, and his 'Bonnie Blue Flag' churned southern audiences into a frenzy. That was why Harry Macarthy was loved from one end of the confederacy to the other.
Modern presidential campaigns are routinely criticized for presenting more style than substance. It's nothing new. Take, for example, the 1840 campaign, which pitted Old Tip against Sweet Sandy Whiskers and was often waged with song.