Akkerman Named Series Editor For Scarecrow Press Music Project

September 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – Dr. Gregg Akkerman, associate professor of music and director of jazz studies and commercial music at the University of South Carolina Upstate, was recently named “Series Editor” for an upcoming line of books from New York publisher Scarecrow Press. The new series, titled “Experiencing Music,” will feature books written by performing musicians to describe the act of creating, playing, and recording their art in terms appreciable by non-performing music enthusiasts. Topics will be both genre based: such as blues, reggae or classical; and artist based: such as Duke Ellington, the Grateful Dead, and Jimi Hendrix.

Akkerman will be responsible for selecting specific topics, recruiting authors, editing content, and writing a foreword for approximately four books per year with the series, which will make its debut in late 2012.

Scarecrow Press was purchased in 1995 by University Press of America and is now a member of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. It is known for its scholarly bibliographies, historical dictionaries (of countries, religions, organizations, wars, movements, cities, and, now, ancient civilizations), library science monographs, and reference works in the humanities, particularly music and film. Scarecrow Press is broadening its list to include textbooks in library and information science, several new series that address the technological frontiers of this profession, handbooks and reference tools for librarians serving children and youth, and a greater scope of materials in music.

For additional information, contact Dr. Gregg Akkerman at gakkerman@uscupstate.edu.