Recent and Upcoming Activity

NEWS and RECENT & UPCOMING APPEARANCES–Talks, lectures, comments, multimedia presentations, publications:

April 2019 — “How Military Music Works” (conference presentation) at Sonologia: International Conference on Sound Studies, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Journal of Social History has a special issue on social and cultural history of music. I wrote an afterword for it, titled “Music, Sound, History” – here

October 2018 — Public talk: “A History of 1968 in 9 1/2 Songs,” at the University of Delaware’s Saturday Symposium, Wilmington, DE



  • Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music (Harvard University Press) 

A Choice “Outstanding Academic Titles of 2009
Winner of the Hagley Prize for the best book in business history for 2009.
Winner of the 2011 DeSantis Prize of the Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.
Honorable mention, 2010 Woody Guthrie Prize, International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), U.S. branch.
Certificate of Merit, 2010 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research, Best Research in General History of Recorded Sound Category, Association for Recorded Sound Collections
Reviews: The Wall Street Journal, Washington PostThe Nation, Wilson Quarterly, Washington Times,, Los Angeles Times blog, and others.

There’s also a Chinese edition.



  • Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (University of Pennsylvania Press), co-edited by David Suisman and Susan Strasser, with an introduction by David.

“This collection…is multicultural historical analysis at its best.” — Journal of American History



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