CFP: IASPM-US Interview Series

by justindburton on April 25, 2012

The IASPM-US website is launching an ongoing series of posts featuring interviews with popular music scholars.

At the center of the series will be interviews with authors of recently released books. We’re coordinating with several presses to receive review copies of these books as they’re released. This is where you come in. We need volunteers to read these books and interview their authors for publication on the website.

I have one book I’d like to assign as soon as possible:

Steve Savage, Bytes & Backbeats: Repurposing Music in the Digital Age (University of Michigan Press), 2011.

If you would like to read either of these books and interview the author, email me at or I’ll be updating the list of available books in the coming weeks.

If you’d like to add your name to a list of potential interviewers who I can contact periodically when the book list updates, you can also email me at either of those addresses. When you do email, please include your areas of expertise so that we can best match interviewers to authors. And, if you’d like to interview an author not listed in any of the updates, let me know. If no one else has been assigned to the interview, I’ll contact the press and set everything up for you.

The first installment of this series was actually posted several months ago and provides a good template for future interviews. Karl Hagstrom-Miller interviewed Kevin Fellezs via email about Fellezs’s fusion book, Birds of Fire. Email is a convenient way to conduct these interviews, though you’re also welcome to interview via phone or skype. If you and the author agree, we would be more than happy to post an audio version of the interview alongside the transcription. When you interview the author, you may also discuss potential audio or video clips to include in the post.

Finally, if you’d like to conduct an interview with a popular music scholar that doesn’t revolve around a recently released book, we welcome that, too. Simply contact me at one of the addresses above, and we can discuss possibilities.


Carolyn Graye May 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I’m interested in interviewing music scholars whose research includes jazz, the influence of jazz on popular music globally, jazz and gender, vocal jazz, and/or the careers of working jazz musicians.

justindburton May 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thanks, Carolyn! I’ll add you to the list of available interviewers and keep you in mind for the areas you mention.

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