Category: Music

Eighteenth-Century Rap Battles

Today, we have a guest post from Colin Wells, Professor of English at St. Olaf College and author of Poetry Wars: Verse and Politics in the American Revolution and Early… READ MORE

In Memoriam: Roger D. Abrahams

It is with great sadness that acknowledge the recent passing of folklorist, music scholar, and Penn Press author and former Faculty Editorial Board member Roger D. Abrahams. Penn Press Director… READ MORE

A Feast of Creatures — Now in Paperback

A Feast of Creatures: Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Songs Edited and translated by Craig Williamson 248 pages | 6 x 9 Paper 2011 | ISBN 978-0-8122-1129-0 | $19.95 | £13.00 "Captivating."–Choice In A… READ MORE

Name that Zoot Contest: Week Three

The answer to last week's question was Duke Ellington. Ellington was the major creative force behind the musical revue Jump for Joy, which featured zoot suits in all their splendor…. READ MORE

Name that Zoot Contest: Week Two

Congratulations to Pinchus Roth of New York, week one's winner. Last week's question was a killer diller, but Roth rose to the occasion. The name of the actor who graces… READ MORE

It Don’t Mean One Thing

Penn Press intern and social dancer Hannah Ehlenfeldt shares her thoughts on swing dance fashions past and present. Styles from the 1930s and 40s were revived in the 1990s, then… READ MORE