Eric Weisbard

Eric Weisbard



  • B.A., Princeton University
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Faculty Research

  • 20th-century America
  • Popular music
  • Consumer culture
  • Popular culture

Selected Publications

Authored Books

Edited Books

Book Chapters

  • “Format, the Literature of American Popular Music, and Mr. Crump.” In Music Radio: Building Communities, Mediating Genres, Morten Michelsen and Mads Krogh, eds. Bloomsbury, 2018.
  • “Country Radio: The Dialectic of Format and Genre,” in The Oxford Handbook Of Country Music, ed. Travis Stimeling (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
  • “Love, Lore, Celebrity, and Dead Babies: Dolly Parton’s ‘Down From Dover.’” The Rose and the Briar: Love and Liberty in the American Ballad, edited by Sean Wilentz and Greil Marcus, 287-304. New York: Norton, 2004.


  • Old Books for New Ceremonies: CliffsNotes to the Literature of American Popular Music,” Journal of Popular Music Studies, 30:1-2 (July, 2018).
  • “Musical Beauty and Top 40 Democracy: A Moderated Conversation,” with Barry Shank, Diane Pecknold, Journal of Popular Music Studies 29:1 (March 2017).
  • Rock and Roll,” entry for The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, August, 2016.
  • “How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Mainstream? Charting the Musical Middle,” American Quarterly, 67:1 (March 2015), 253-265.
  • “Why Do We Keep Having the Same Debates About Pop Songs,” Los Angeles Review of Books, November 24, 2014.
  • “Beyond Category? Never! The Game of Genres in Popular Music,” Journal of Popular Music Studies, 25:3 (September 2013), 401-405