Tempo is a music series on rock, pop, and culture from Rowman & Littlefield launched in 2013.

Our recent releases are:


Currently, we have volumes under contract on:

  • Kris Kristofferson: A Songwriter’s Life by Mary Hurd (2015)
  • Warren Zevon: Desperado of Los Angeles by George Plasketes (2015)
  • Sting and The Police: Walking in Their Footsteps by Aaron West (2015)
  • Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys: From Surf and Sun to the California Dream by Bruce L. Edwards (2015)
  • The Kinks: English Band Abroad by Carey Fleiner (2015)
  • Billy Joel: Beyond the Piano Man by Joshua Duchan (2016)
  • The American Songbook by Ann van der Merwe (2016)

We are accepting proposals and encourage prospective authors to inquire about an artist, band, or genre before submitting a proposal.  

Tempo is interested in proposals on any significant rock or popular music artist, band, or genre. Here is a non-comprehensive list of topics to indicate the variety we want for the series and generate your inquiries for other topics not on this list:

  • Tempo: Chuck Berry
  • Tempo: The Beatles
  • Tempo: Madonna
  • Tempo: Michael Jackson
  • Tempo: Elton John
  • Tempo: Nirvana
  • Tempo: Johnny Cash
  • Tempo: Talking Heads
  • Tempo: The Doors
  • Tempo: AC/DC
  • Tempo: Etta James
  • Tempo: Pearl Jam
  • Tempo: Southern Rock
  • Tempo: The Indigo Girls
  • Tempo: Genesis
  • Tempo: The Clash
  • Tempo: Depeche Mode
  • Tempo: Janis Joplin
  • Tempo: The Grateful Dead
  • Tempo: Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Tempo: Beastie Boys
  • Tempo: They Might Be Giants
  • Tempo: Stevie Wonder
  • Tempo: Chrissie Hynde
  • Tempo: R.E.M.
  • Tempo: Living Color
  • Tempo: 10,000 Maniacs
  • Tempo: Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Tempo: Pink Floyd
  • Tempo: Patti Smith
  • Tempo: Barry Manilow
  • Tempo: Pete Seeger
  • Tempo: Tina Turner
  • Tempo: Psychedelic Rock
  • Tempo: The Supremes
  • Tempo: Neil Young
  • Tempo: Sinéad O’Connor
  • Tempo: Industrial Metal
  • Tempo: Van Morrison
  • Tempo: Black Sabbath