The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Sociology, Education and Culture

This list offers a starting point for the investigation of topics in popular music studies. For further information on specific artists, please see our inductee bios.

  • Baker, Houston A. Black Studies, Rap and the Academy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.
  • Cavicchi, Daniel. Tramps Like Us: Music and Meaning Among Springsteen Fans. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Cooper, B. Lee. Images of American Society in Popular Music: A Guide to Reflective Teaching. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1982.
  • Cooper, B. Lee and Wayne S. Hancy. Rock Music in American Popular Culture III: Rock ‘n’ Roll Resources. New York: Hawroth Press, 1999.
  • DeCurtis, Anthony, ed. Present Tense: Rock & Roll and Culture. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1992.
  • Doss, Erika Lee. Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith, and Image. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1999.
  • Epstein, Jonathon S., ed. Adolescents and Their Music: It It’s Too Loud, You’re Too Old, New York: Garland Publishing, Inc, 1994.
  • Frith, Simon, ed. Facing the Music. New York: Pantheon, 1988.
  • Gaines, Donna. Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia’s Dead End Kids. University of Chicago Press, 1998.
  • Gass, Glenn. “Why Don’t We Do It in the Classroom?,” South Atlantic Quarlety, v90n4, Fall 1991, p. 729-736.
  • Harris, James F. Philosophy at 33 1/3 rpm: Themes of Classic Rock Music. Chicago: Open Court, 1993.
  • Holm, Gunilla and Paul Farber. “Education, Rock-and-Roll, and the Lyrics of Discontent,” Schooling in the Light of Popular Culture. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994, p.21-40.
  • Kellner, Douglas. Media Culture. New York: Routledge, 1995.
  • Koskoff, Ellen ed. Music Culture in the United States: An Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2005.
  • Kuzmich, John. “Popular Music in Your Program: Growing with the Times,” Music Educators Journal v77 (April ‘91) p.50-55.
  • Giroux, Henry and Peter McLaren. Critical Pedagogy, the State , and Cultural Struggle. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1989.
  • Giroux, Henry and Roger Simon. Popular Culture: Schooling and Everyday Life. New York: Bergin & Garvey, 1989.
  • Lipsitz, George. Time Passages: Collective Memory and American Popular Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1990.
  • Marcus, Greil. Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.
  • McDonald, James R. “Politics Revisited: Metatextual Implications of Rock and Roll Criticism,” Youth & Society, v19n4 (June 1988) p485-504.
  • Myers, Robert. “There are right reasons and wrong reasons for studying rock,” The Chronicle of Higher Education v. 36 (Feb. 14 ‘90) p B2-3.
  • Newsom, Sarah Duncan. “Rock ‘n Roll ‘n Reading,” Journal of Reading v22n8 (May 1979) p 726-30.
  • Nuzum, Eric. Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America. Perennial Currents, 2001.
  • Smith, Steven ed. The Lyricist Review: Teaching Lyricism in the Classroom: Making the Transition from Dickinson to Dylan. Americalist, 1998.
  • Stuessy, Joe. “When the music teacher meets Metallica,” Music Educators Journal v. 80 (Jan. ‘94) p 28-32.
  • Titon, Jeff Todd, ed. Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World’s Peoples. Belmont: Schirmer, 2002.