| Shaw Award
The R. Serge Denisoff Award honors the best article published in
each volume of Popular Music and Society. Professor Denisoff founded
Popular Music and Society and edited it until his death in 1994.
A committee of Editorial Board members reviews all eligible articles and
selects the winner of the Award. Editorial Board members and other people
who work for the journal are ineligible to receive the Award. The Award
commenced with volume 21 (1997).
Volume 32 (2009):
Winner: Stephen Amico, "Visible Difference, Audible
Difference: Female Singers and Gay Male Fans in Russian Popular Music,"
32.3 (2009): 351-370.
Volume 31 (2008):
Winner: Bethany Klein, "In Perfect
Harmony: Popular Music and Cola Advertising," 31.1 (February 2008):
Volume 30 (2007):
Winner: Maria Styvén, "The Intangibility
of Music in the Internet Age." 30.1 (2007): 53-74.
Volume 29 (2006):
Winners: Holly E. Farrington, "Narrating the Jazz
Life: Three Approaches to Jazz Autobiography," 29.3 (July 2006):
375-386; and Ken McLeod, "We Are the Champions: Masculinities, Sports,
and Popular Music," 29.5 (December 2006): 531-547.
Volume 28 (2005):
Winner: Jack Bishop, "Building International
Empires of Sound: Concentrations of Power and Property in the 'Global'
Music Market," 28.4 (2005): 443-471.
Volume 27 (2004):
Winner: Jana Evans Braziel, "'Bye, Bye Baby': Race,
Bisexuality, and the Blues in the Music of Bessie Smith and Janis Joplin,"
27.1 (2004): 3-26.
Volume 26 (2003):
Winner: Steven Hamelman, "But Is It Garbage?
The Theme of Trash in Rock and Roll Criticism," 26.2 (Summer 2003):
Runner-up: John C. Hajduk, "Tin Pan Alley on the March:
Popular Music, World War II, and the Quest for a Great War Song,"
26.4 (Winter 2003): 497-512.
Volume 25 (2001):
Winner: Wolfgang Ruttkowski, "Cabaret Songs,"
25.3-4 (Fall-Winter 2001): 45-71.
Volume 24 (2000):
Winner: Michael Dunne, "'Tore Down a la Rimbaud': Van
Morrison's References and Allusions," 24.4 (Winter 2000): 15-29.
Volume 23 (1999):
Winner: John M. Sloop, "The Emperor's New Makeup: Cool Cynicism and
Popular Music Criticism," 23.1 (Spring 1999): 51-73.
Volume 22 (1998):
Winner: Mark Mattern, "Cajun Music, Cultural Revival: Theorizing Political
Action in Popular Music," 22.2 (Summer 1998): 31-48.
Volume 21 (1997):
Winner: Martin Cloonan, "State of the Nation: 'Englishness,' Pop,
and Politics in the Mid-1990s," 21.2 (Summer 1997): 47-70.
Honorable Mention: D. Robert DeChaine, "Mapping Subversion: Queercore
Music's Playful Discourse of Resistance," 21.4 (Winter 1997): 7-37.
Popular Music and Society has established the Greg Shaw Award for
Outstanding Contributions to Popular Culture Preservation. The first four
awards were presented at the annual conference of the Popular Culture
Association and American Culture Association in Boston on April 6, 2007.
The award is named in memory of Greg Shaw (1949-2004),
pioneering rock historian, journalist, publisher, reissuer, and collector.
Shaw was a member of the Advisory Board of Popular Music and Society and
the founder of Bomp!
and several other record labels.
2009 Greg Shaw Award recipient:
- Nick Spitzer, creator and host of American
Routes, a weekly two-hour radio program devoted to vernacular
music and culture and Professor of Communication and American Studies
at Tulane University.
2007 Greg Shaw Award recipients:
- Irwin Chusid, radio host for WFMU, author, reissue
producer, liner note writer, director of the Raymond
- Erik Lindgren, composer, classical and rock musician,
founder of Arf!
Arf! Records, reissue producer, liner note writer.
- Alec Palao, West Coast Consultant for Ace
Records, reissue producer, liner note writer, Editor of Cream Puff
- William L. Schurk, professor and founder of the Sound
Recordings Archives at the William T. Jerome Library, Bowling Green
The first four winners of the award later agreed to
serve as members of a Selection Committee to determine subsequent winners
of the award. Joining them on the Selection Committee is Suzy Shaw, Head