About the Editor and Contributors
Nick Baxter-Moore, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University, Ontario, is the author of recent articles and chapters on the Englishness of Ray Davies and the Kinks, Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, local music stores, and the architecture of Canadian wineries. His current research focuses on the live music and concert sector, brand names in music lyrics, and the political dimensions of popular music. He is president of the Popular Culture Association of Canada and editor of the Canadian Journal of Popular Culture.
Hank Bordowitz is the author of Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revivial (first published in 1998, updated in 2007). His many other books include Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business: Why So Much Music You Hear Sucks; Billy Joel: The Life and Times of an Angry Young Man; U2 Reader: A Quarter Century of Commentary; The Bruce Springsteen Scrapbook; Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader; Noise of the World: Non-Western Musicians in Their Own Words, and Turning Points In Rock and Roll. He is currently curating the forthcoming Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin (2013) for A Cappella Press. He has taught music and the music business at Ramapo College, Baruch College (CUNY), Western Illinois University, and several others.
B. Lee Cooper, PhD, is a freelance writer and popular music critic. Over the past 40 years he has been a professor of history and American culture, a dean of students, a provost and vice president for academic affairs, and a university president. He is the author of more than 500 book and record reviews and over 150 articles that have appeared in 40 different scholarly journals and music magazines. He has also published 15 books, including A Resource Guide to Themes in Contemporary Song Lyrics, 1950-1985; Rock Music in American Popular Culture, 3 vols.; The Popular Music Handbook, and New Orleans Music: Legacy and Survival. In 1983 he received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music research after publication of Images of American Society in Popular Music.
Christian Z. Goering, PhD, Associate Professor of English Education at the University of Arkansas, has published some twenty-five articles and chapters in such journals as American Secondary, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, English Journal, and in books such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: New Essays on an American Classic; Essential Criticism of Of Mice and Men, and Reclaiming the Rural: Essays on Literacy, Rhetoric, and Pedagogy.
Timothy Gray, PhD, Professor of English and American Studies at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York is the author of Gary Synder and the Pacific Rim (2006), Urban Pastoral (2010), and Reading Roots Rock Writing (forthcoming), all published by the University of Iowa Press. He also has a chapbook of poems, Moonchild, forthcoming from Foothills Publishing.
Thomas M. Kitts, PhD, Professor of English and Chair of the Division of English and Speech at St. John’s University, NY, is the author of Ray Davies: Not Like Everybody Else, The Theatrical Life of George Henry Boker, and Gypsies: An East Village Opera (a play). With Michael Kraus, he co-edited Living on a Thin Line: Crossing Aesthetic Borders with the Kinks, and with Gary Burns, he co-edits Popular Music and Society. He is also the author of many essays, book chapters, reviews, and instructor manuals. He recently edited the anthology Literature and Work.
Robert McParland, PhD, Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Felician College, NJ, is a singer-songwriter, playwright, novelist, and teacher. He is the author of Music and Literary Modernism, Dickens and Melodrama, Charles Dickens’s American Audience, Music—The Speech of Angels, The Healing Magic of Music, How to Write about Joseph Conrad, and two collections of short fiction.
Stephen Paul Miller, PhD, Professor of English at St. John’s University, NY, and a former Senior Fulbright Scholar at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, is the author of several books including The Seventies Now: Culture as Surveillance (Duke University Press) and several poetry books including There’s Only One God and You’re Not It (Marsh Hawk Press), Being with a Bullet (Talisman), Fort Dad (Marsh Hawk Press), Art Is Boring for the Same Reason We Stayed in Vietnam (Domestic), The Bee Flies in May (Marsh Hawk Press), and Skinny Eighth Avenue (Marsh Hawk Press). He also co-edited, with Daniel Morris, Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture (University of Alabama Press), and, with Terence Diggory, The Scene of My Selves: New Work on New York School Poets (National Poetry Foundation). His work has appeared in New American Writing, Best American Poetry, The Contemporary Narrative Poem: Critical Crosscurrents, and many other publications.
William J. Miller, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Flagler College, earned his from the University of Akron. He focuses his studies on campaigns and elections, public opinion toward public policy (domestic and international), and the pedagogy of political science. His research appears in the Journal of Political Science Education, Journal of Political Marketing, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and Journal of Common Market Studies. Book chapters have appeared in Stephen Craig and David Hill’s The Electoral Challenge (CQ Press) and John Ishiyama and Marijke Breuning’s Twenty-First-Century Political Science (Sage). He is the editor of Tea Party Effects on 2010 U.S. Senate Elections: Stuck in the Middle to Lose, along with The Election’s Mine—I Draw the Lines: Redistricting in the American States.
Lawrence Pitilli, an Associate Professor of Speech at St. John’s University,NY, has presented papers and written book reviews in the area of popular culture with a focus on music. He has worked as a musician and has composed music and lyrics for Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, and Street Theater productions. In addition, he has been a country music category winner and Grand Prize winner in the Music City Song Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. He resides in Brooklyn,New York.
Jeff Sellars, PhD, teaches philosophy and humanities in Northern California and Southern Oregon. His current academic research centers mainly on media and culture.
William C. Sewell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Central Missouri, has published articles in such journals as English Journal, Wisconsin English Journal, and The Journal of Media Literacy and Education, among others.
Jake Sudderth is the author of The St. Ann’s Kid: A Seattle Memoir and the forthcoming “Footprints of Freedom, Mifflin Wistar Gibbs and the Pursuit of Equality across North America” in Before Obama: A Reappraisal of Black Reconstruction Era Politics.
Theodore Louis Trost, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the Universityof Alabama, is the author of Douglas Horton and the Ecumenical Impulse in American Religion, editor of The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion, and many book chapters, essays, and reviews. He is also a songwriter, vocalist, and producer of several albums for WreckLoose Recordings.
Jeremy D. Walling, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science at Southeast Missouri State University, received his doctorate from the University of Kansas and his MPA from Missouri State University. He studies state politics and intergovernmental relations, American national institutions, and public administration ethics and accountability. His work has appeared in The Constitutionalism of American States, The Handbook of Administrative Ethics, and Public Personnel Management, the last two with H. George Frederickson. He is currently working with William J. Miller on The Election’s Mine—I Draw the Lines: Redistricting in the American States.