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The University of California Press  is pleased to announce the publication of:

How the West Was Sung: Music in the Westerns of John Ford

Kathryn Kalinak is Professor of English and Film Studies at Rhode 
Island College and author of _Settling the Score: Music and the 
Classical Hollywood Film._

"_How the West Was Sung_ is beautifully written, judiciously argued, 
and thoroughly researched. Even if you have a tin ear, Kathryn 
Kalinak will have you hearing Ford's Westerns in an entirely new way. 
This brilliant book represents a complete rethinking of films we 
thought we already knew."-Krin Gabbard, author of _Black Magic: White 
Hollywood and African American Culture_

James Stewart once said, "For John Ford, there was no need for 
dialogue. The music said it all." This lively, accessible study is 
the first comprehensive analysis of Ford's use of music in his iconic 
westerns. Encompassing a variety of critical approaches and 
incorporating original archival research, Kathryn Kalinak explores 
the director's oft-noted predilection for American folk song, 
hymnody, and period music. What she finds is that Ford used music as 
more than a stylistic gesture. In fascinating discussions of Ford's 
westerns-from silent-era features such as _Straight Shooting _and 
_The Iron Horse _to classics of the sound era such as _My Darling 
Clementine _and _The Searchers _-Kalinak describes how the director 
exploited music, and especially song, in defining the geographical 
and ideological space of the American West.

Full information about the book, including the table of contents, is 
available online:

Lolita Guevarra
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University of California Press
Tel. 510.643.4738 | Fax 510.643.7127
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