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




Michael Lasser’s new book, City Songs and American Life, 1900-1950, is available at discount from Amazon. For an inscribed copy at list price, contact Michael at mlasser@rochester.rr.com.

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

City Songs and American Life, draws on Michael Lasser's lifetime of close and thoughtful listening to some of the most sparkling and enduring works of American creativity. His insights throughout make this a fresh and valuable work, thoroughly researched and well-documented,, yet entirely accessible to a wide swath of curious readers and listeners. Literate, authoratative, and engaging, Bravo! -- John Edward Hasse, Curator Emeritus of American Music, National Museum of American History.

email Michael at mlasser@rochester.rr.com if you would like to order inscribed copies of his books

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

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

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