Serious Springsteen fan. Associate Professor of American Studies and Head of the Department of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences at Rhode Island School of Design. Also lends a hand to the Public Broadcasting System and the National Park Service.
"The people to whom I spoke were often taken aback when I approached them; several were astounded that I would even be interested in their musical activities. Yet when they decided to tell me about music in their lives, they spoke with enthusiasm and clarity, recounting experiences which were rich in emotion, memory, and complexity, sharing with me whole realms of meaning about which no one in the modern university seems to care. On the whole, I hope this work will further the idea that studying music must include not only the exploration of musical performances and performers but also those who are performed to."