Popular Music and Society
is a quarterly academic journal published by Routledge. The journal
was founded in 1971 by Professor R. Serge Denisoff, who edited it until
his death in 1994. Articles contained within the pages of this journal
cover music of any genre, time period, or geographic location and use
any methodology or approach.
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Dr. David Sanjek passed away November 29, 2011, in
New York City following a heart attack at the age of 59. Sanjek has
served as head of the Popular Music Research Centre, professor in the
School of Media, Music and Performance at Salford University in England,
and member of the editorial board of Popular Music and Society. An online
tribute to Dr. Sanjek is available on the
We are very sorry to report that Richard A. "Pete"
Peterson died on February 4, 2010. He was 77. Pete was a member of the
Popular Music and Society Editorial Board and a longtime friend of the
journal. He was an internationally acclaimed sociologist, a founding
figure in the study of the production of culture, and an eminent scholar
of country music. Pete was a professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University.
An obituary is posted at the Vanderbilt
Ray Browne died on October 22, 2009, following a brief
illness. He was 87. Ray was a member of the Editorial Board of Popular
Music and Society and instrumental in the founding of the journal. In
fact, he wrote the first article in the first issue of the journal.
Ray was Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
of popular culture at Bowling Green State University. He was a prolific
scholar, author, and editor. He was the founder, or one of the founders,
of the Popular Culture Association, the American Culture Association,
the Journal of Popular Culture, the Journal of American Culture, Bowling
Green State University Popular Press, the Popular Culture Association/
American Culture Association Endowment, and, at Bowling Green State
University, the Department of Popular Culture, the Center for the Study
of Popular Culture, degree programs in popular culture, and the Browne
Popular Culture Library. An obituary is posted at the Bowling Green
State University website at:
Ray is survived by his wife Pat, who collaborated
with Ray on most of the projects listed above and who was Managing Editor
of Popular Music and Society for many years. Ray is also survived by
his sons Glenn and Kevin Browne, his daughter Alicia Browne, daughters-in-law
Cecilia Carter Browne and Shannon Welsh, son-in-law Lawrence Kreiser,
grandchildren Julia Kreiser, Kira Browne, and Anna Kreiser, nieces Barbara
Moran, Patricia Taft, and Susan Borders, and nephew Robert Burns.
Ray was a dear friend, colleague, and mentor to hundreds
of people who have devoted their lives to the study of popular culture.
He is irreplaceable.
Nick Spitzer has received the Greg Shaw Award for
Outstanding Contributions to Popular Culture Preservation. The Award
is given by Popular Music and Society and was presented in New Orleans
on 10 April 2009 at the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association.
Spitzer is creator and host of American
Routes, a weekly two-hour radio program devoted to vernacular
music and culture. American Routes is distributed by American Public
Media and is heard on many National Public Radio stations in the United
Spitzer is Professor of Communication and American
Studies at Tulane University, where he began as a Mellon Fellow in 2004.
He is Adjunct Research Professor in Anthropology and Urban Studies at
the University of New Orleans.
Spitzer received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the
University of Texas in 1986. He was Louisiana State Folklorist from
1978 to 1985 and served as Founding Director of the Louisiana Folklife
Program. He helped create the Folklife Pavilion at the 1984 World's
Fair, where he curated The Creole State: An Exhibition of Louisiana
Folklife. Spitzer was Senior Folklife Specialist at the Smithsonian
Institution from 1985 to 1990 and Artistic Director of the Folk
Masters concerts and broadcasts from Carnegie Hall and Wolf Trap
from 1990 to 1997. (Folk Masters is available on CD from Smithsonian
Folkways Recordings.) Spitzer was a resident scholar at the School of
American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a Fellow of the American
Folklore Society. He previously received the Benjamin Botkin Award in
Public Folklore and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for American Routes.
He was named Louisiana Humanist of the Year in 2006 for cultural recovery
efforts following Hurricane Katrina. In 2007 Spitzer received a Guggenheim
Fellowship for research on traditional creativity in Louisiana Creole
Nick Spitzer's publications include Mississippi
Delta Ethnographic Overview (National Park Service, 1979), Louisiana
Folklife: A Guide to the State (Louisiana Folklife Program, 1985),
Public Folklore (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992), Blues
for New Orleans: Mardi Gras and America's Creole Soul (University
of Pennsylvania Press, 2006), and "Rebuilding the 'Land of Dreams'
with Music" (in Rebuilding Urban Places After Disaster: Lessons
from Hurricane Katrina, ed. Eugenie L. Birch and Susan M. Wachter,
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006). Spitzer directed the film Zydeco:
Creole Music and Culture in Rural Louisiana (1986) and has produced
or annotated two dozen documentary recordings. He has worked as a radio
host at WXPN-FM (Philadelphia), WMMR-FM (Philadelphia), and KOKE-FM
The Greg Shaw Award for Outstanding Contributions
to Popular Culture Preservation is given in memory of Greg Shaw, a pioneering
record collector, fanzine publisher, music journalist, and record producer.
Nick Spitzer was selected to receive the Award by a selection committee
consisting of Irwin Chusid, Erik Lindgren, Alec Palao, Bill Schurk,
and Suzy Shaw. Popular Music and Society Editorial Board member
Robin Roberts introduced and interviewed Spitzer at the Popular Culture
Association conference prior to presentation of the Award.
information about and previous recipients of the Greg Shaw Award