Eric Weisbard

Associate Professor

  • co-editor, Journal of Popular Music Studies


Faculty Education


Princeton (B.A.) UC Berkeley (M.A., Ph.D)

Faculty Research


20th-century America; popular music; consumer culture; popular culture

Faculty Publications


Authored Books
Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2014.   Winner, 2016 IASPM-US Woody Guthrie Prize for best book on popular music
Use Your Illusion I and II. New York: Continuum Press, 2007. Edited Books Pop When the World Falls Apart: Music in Troubled Times. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012. Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. This is Pop: In Search of the Elusive at Experience Music Project. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004. 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. Forthcoming from Bloomsbury, late 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. Articles

"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