He reaches a broad audience with clarity, insight, passion, and humor.

"He brings enormous energy, wit, and authority. He has the stage presence  of a performer with an expert’s command of his subject matter.”

Susan Dodge Peters
Curator of Education
    Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

Michael Lasser


He doesn’t sing and he doesn’t dance, but he knows all there is to know about American popular music.

“Michael Lasser is a walking encyclopedia of…American song.”

Jeff Tyzik
Principal Pops Conductor
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra




Watch for the upcoming publication in 2019 of Michael Lasser's newest book City Songs & American Life, 1900-1950

Still available

America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of  Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley
2006 (Co-Authored with Philip Furia)

America's Songs II: from the 1890's to the Post-War Years


City Songs Cover-300     American Songs Book Cover      American Songs II Cover

A note from Michael Lasser:  "I'm very gratified that Mary Ellin Barrett, Irving Berlin's daughter, has written me to say how wonderfully the books bring her father and his songs to life."

with his nationally-syndicated public radio show, Fascinatin’ Rhythm

in talks and concerts at museums, universities, and libraries all over the country.

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