Dr. James Perone Publishes Book on Elvis Costello

August 07, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Dr. James Perone recently published a book titled, “The Words and Music of Elvis Costello.”

Perone is the associate dean of the faculty and Margaret Morgan Ramsey Professor in Music at the University of Mount Union and has been a part of the Mount Union faculty for 22 years. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education at Capital University and a Master of Fine Arts in clarinet performance, a Master of Arts in music theory and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in music theory from State University of New York at Buffalo. 

Perone has been interested in this topic since he was in college. While conducting research, he enjoys the interdisciplinary study of the music and explaining the meaning of the songs. Finding the meaning of the lyrics and music and putting it into context of society, both when the song was released and in relation to today’s standards, is quite rewarding.

“The Words and Music of Elvis Costello” covers the deeper meaning of Elvis Costello’s musical work. Perone also focuses on how Costello’s music often makes references to past musical styles, specifically from the 1920s through the 1960s. He acquired his research through the method of listening to Costello’s work and looking for various contexts in the song and recording and in relation to the period in which it was released.

Perone has also published several other books including “Songs of the Vietnam Conflict,” “Mods, Rockers, and the Music of the British Invasion” and has covered other singer-songwriters such as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Melissa Etheridge, Carole King and David Bowie.

Perone’s book is available for purchase here: http://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=A4383C.       

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