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Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books - Book


Rowman and Littlefield

Bob McParland's Bestseller is to be published in December 2018 by Rowman and Littlefield. 

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Science Fiction in Classic Rock: Musical Explorations of Space, Technology and the Imagination 1967-1982 - Book

Science Fiction in Classic Rock: Musical Explorations of Space, Technology, and the Imagination 1967-1982 takes a look at how rock music has employed images and sounds, myths and stories, from science fiction. Artists discussed include David Bowie, Pink Floyd, ELO, Rush, Jefferson Starship, Blue Oyster Cult, Alan Parsons Project, Iron Maiden, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, The Moody Blues, Hawkwind, Jimi Hendrix. The book explores rock fan culture, archetypes, adventure, science fiction, mythology, popular culture, and the forgotten language of dreams.  


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Myth and Magic in Heavy Metal Music - Book

Myth and Magic in Heavy Metal Music investigates the wide range of uses of myth by heavy metal bands. This book explores creativity as it takes the form of the loud, the heroic, the legendary, and draws inspiration from ancient mythologies. Power, noise, and rebellion are linked with myth across dozens of bands, including Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, speed metal, death metal, and metal precursors Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.



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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics - Book

Finding Fogerty - Book

Fogerty_0739174835_cropped.jpgFinding Fogerty - Interdisciplinary Essays on John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival is edited by Tom Kitts and includes the essay by Bob McParland, "Down to the River: Blues and the Common Man in John Fogerty's Imagined Southern Gothic."    


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Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul


Do You Believe In Rock and Roll? - Book

"A Generation Lost In Space" appears in Do You Believe in Rock and Roll?- Essays on Don McLean's American Pie.  (Published September 2012.)

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Unresolved - CD

mcparland1_unresolved_album_cover.jpg     A recording with full band upon the themes of love, loss, and              transition.   (See reviews in Press section.)

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The Same Folksinger - CD

mcparland2_same_folksinger_cover.jpg  The Same Folksinger is a spare recording of sings and instrumentals with guitar, piano and percussion. 

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A Postcard from the Road

A recording of five songs by Bob McParland produced by Paul Moran.
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Before the Coming Snow - CD

The Business of Music

Bob McParland's essay on music copyright will appear in the three volume set on The Business of Entertainment- The Business of Music, edited by Robert Sickels, available from Praeger Press.

Beyond Gatsby - Book

Beyond Gatsby by Robert McParland is available.


Published in 2015 by Rowman& Littlefield

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Beyond Gatsby is now available for presale on numerous online sites internationally.

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Beyond Gatsby focuses on America in the 1920s through the novels of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Dos Passos, Lewis, Cather, Wharton and others. 

Citizen Steinbeck - Book

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Citizen Steinbeck will be published this Fall 2016.

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Film and Literary Modernism - Book

9781443844505.jpg    A new book on film with an international cast of contributors: writers, critics, and filmmakers. Film and Literary Modernism looks at the connections between film, modernist literature, and the arts. The impact of cinema upon our way of seeing the world is highlighted in essays on city symphony films, avant-garde cinema, European filmmaking, and key directors and personalities from Charlie Chaplin, Sergei Eisenstein and Alain Renais to Alfred Hitchcock and Mae West. Bob McParland has edited a collection in which contributors also investigate the impact of film upon T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, James Agee, Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene and others. This is a companion volume with the previously published Music and Literary Modernism.  

Music and Literary Modernism

Bob McParland has edited this study of music and its relationships wuith literature in the modernist period (1900-1960's). The volume features essays on composers and writers that are researched and written by academics and musicians throughout the world.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics - Book

The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (U. Mississippi Press, 2012), edited by Charlotte Pence, is the newest addition to the American Made Music Series. Along with Bob McParland's essay "Facing the Music: The Poetics of Bruce Springsteen" are essays by Lamar Alexander, Adam Bradley, Charlotte Pence, Claudia Emerson, Pat Pattison, Peter Guralnik, Ben Yagoda, Kevin Young, John Paul Hampstead, Keith Flynn, Wyn Cooper, David Kirby, Gordon Ball, David Daniel, Beth Ann Fennelly, Jeffrey Roessner, Eric Reimer, Brian Howe, Stephen M. Duesner,Jesse Graves, and Tony Tost.

Musical artists focused upon include Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Stipe and R.E.M., Sam Cooke, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and others. There are essays on Rap, Pop, the Blues, and Country music.
University of Mississippi Press
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Charles Dickens's American Audience - Book

In the Nick of Time

A collection of short stories.

Writing on Joseph Conrad - book

A book for readers interested in the novelist Joseph Conrad, the writer of Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, The Secret Agent, "The Secret Sharer," "Youth" and other fiction. This is part of the Bloom's "How to Write About" series. It is intended to be especially helpful for students who are writing papers about Conrad's fiction.

Music: The Speech of Angels

This study of the philsophy and psychology of music, within historical context, was written in memory of the concert pianist Andrew De Grado, who was a performing concert partner of the world-class violinist Joshua Bell.
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Music-The Speech of Angels takes its title from a quote by the 19th Century essayist Thomas Carlyle. It can be purchased at many on-line sites, including www.Barnes and,, www.,www.ecampus.
It is available in Europe as well.

The Healing Magic of Music

This book by Bob McParland focuses upon how you can make music a healthy part of your life. It offers insights into music listening, music and emotion, and music therapy.
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It is also available in Great Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and in other locations internationally.

The Same Folksinger

The Same Folksinger is a spare recording of songs and instrumentals with guitar, piano, and percussion.
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Teaching in the Pop Culture Zone

Bob McParland's essay "A Sound Education: Popular Music in the College Composition Classroom" appears in this book, which is a resource for teachers incoporating popular culture in composition courses. Teaching in the Pop Culture Zone, 1st edition (ISBN 1428231013), edited by Alison D. Smith, Trixie G. Smith, and Rebecca Bobbitt, will appear in June 2008 and is available from Wadworth-Cengage at
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Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul - Book

"Springsteen's American Stories in Devil's and Dust and the Seeger Sessions" is Bob McParland's essay in Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul (McFarland, 2011) edited by David Garrett Izzo.
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Backstreets Magazine
This is the magazine for the Bruce Springsteen fan site.
McFarland Publishing
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