Recent and Upcoming Activity

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


April 20-23, 2017 — Pop Conference at the Museum of Popular Culture in Seattle

June 29, 2017 — Capitalism and the Senses workshop, Harvard Business School

Summer 2017: Publication of a Chinese translation of Selling Sounds


Some recent publications:

“The American Environmental Movement’s Lost Victory: The Fight Against Sonic Booms,” The Public Historian 37, no. 4 (November 2015): 111–31. – Here

“The Oklahoma City Sonic Boom Experiment and the Politics of Supersonic Aviation,” Radical History Review, no. 121 (January 2015): 169–95. – Here



  • Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music (Harvard University Press) is now out in paperback

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.


  • Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (University of Pennsylvania Press) is now out in paperback, 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


ONLINE SUPPLEMENT TO SELLING SOUNDS: For sound files, images, and videos to supplement Selling Sounds, click here.


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