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What's new: January 2021

This update features nine new biographies of major figures in the history of American music.  It includes superstar Mexican American singers Selena, Lalo Guerrero, and Jenni Rivera; Chuck Berry, widely recognized as an early creator of rock and roll; “At Last” singer Etta James; country legends Glen Campbell, Eddy Arnold, and Buck Owens; and guitar innovator Les Paul.

Selena

Selena (1971–1995), known as the Queen of Tejano Music, achieved a level of superstardom that rivaled any artist in the history of Latin music. Her hit albums Ven Conmigo (1991), Entre a Mi Mundo (1992), which contained her signature song “Como la flor,” and Amor Prohibido (1994) revolutionized the genre. Her career and influence were on a dramatic ascent when she was murdered by the founder of her fan club at age 23. An outpouring of public grief occurred in the aftermath, a recognition of her role as a key figure of Latino/a popular music and culture in the United States and abroad.

 

 

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JANUARY 28, 2021

What's New: January 2021

This update features nine new biographies of major figures in the history of American music.  It includes superstar Mexican American singers Selena, Lalo Guerrero, and Jenni Rivera; Chuck Berry, widely recognized as an early creator of rock and roll; “At Last” singer Etta James; country legends Glen Campbell, Eddy Arnold, and Buck Owens; and guitar innovator Les Paul.

NOVEMBER 12, 2020

What's New: November 2020

This update features four new biographies of American religious figures. It includes Catholic theologian and public intellectual Michael Novak; Howard Hunter, a president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Stanislaus Petit Lalumiere, a Jesuit priest and cofounder of Marquette College; and Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, better known as Reverend Ike, an African American evangelist and popular preacher.

OCTOBER 22, 2020

What's New: October 2020

The October update features six new biographies, including American Council of Learned Societies leaders Frederick Burkhardt and Whitney J. Oates—please click here to learn more about ACLS and the ANB. The update also includes Maria Martin, whose illustrations enlivened the work of John Hames Audubon; technology professors Hamilton Lee and David Scott Campbell; and disgraced Nobel Prize winner D. Carleton Gadjusek.