Writing

Current book project: Wishin’ and Hopin’: Femininity, Youth, and the Voices of Swinging London

My current book project is about girl singers in England in the mid-1960s.  I explore how performers like Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Lulu, Sandie Shaw, Marianne Faithfull, Millie Small, and others used their singing voices to respond to and create new ideas about what it meant to be a young woman during the so-called “Swinging Sixties.” This project is based on archival research conducted at the British Library, the BBC Written Archives Center, and British Film Institute.

Music writing – selected clips

“Pop Divas Turn an ‘Old’ Sound into Power and Authority,” Hippo Reads, 2015

“Fighting On and Singing Along with Prince’s ‘Baltimore,’” Hippo Reads, 2015

Rocking the Library in LA,” Hippo Reads, 2015

Sex, Theft, and Freedom: Top Summer Music Reads,” Hippo Reads, 2015

Rebel Girl: Lesley Gore’s Voice,” Oxford University Press blog, February 28 2015

“Dead Boyfriends, Rebel Girls, and the 1960s Splatter Platter,” The Toast, September 30 2014
Contributor – Blogging.LA

From 2009 to 2011, I was a contributing writer at Blogging.LA (previously known as LA.Metblogs), a group blog about culture, life, and goings-on in Los Angeles. I wrote about music, art, and culture; about my life in the city; and about LA history. Along with my fellow bloggers, I planned and hosted the first-ever Donut Summit in 2010, and a sequel in 2011. This hugely successful event was our attempt to bring people together to find the greatest donut in Los Angeles, and was covered by several local media outlets, including the LA Times, who quoted my donut-themed William Blake parody in their article. I now lay claim to the dubious honor of being a published donut poet.

I wrote many, many posts for Blogging.LA over the years; selected (non-donut-related) highlights are below.

Long-lost LA Restaurants from the 1940s and 1950s, July 2011
Menu Mining: Drunken Shrimp at the Gumbo Pot, October 2010
LA’s Greatest Landmarks: The Capitol Records Building, August 2010
LA’s Greatest Landmarks: Randy’s Donuts, August 2010
LA Plays Itself in the Movies: It’s a Bikini World, April 2010
LA Plays Itself in the Movies: Mildred Pierce, April, 2010
LA Plays Itself in the Movies: Riot on the Sunset Strip, April 2010
Sea Monsters in San Gabriel, March 2010
Bye Bye Goody’s, February 2010
Contemplating the Spudnut, January 2010
Scholarly work
My academic work has appeared in anthologies, journals, and reference works.  Recent publications and projects include:

“The Voice of the Earthquake: Yma Sumac’s Performances of Nature, Power, and Mystery” manuscript in preparation.

“Millie Small, the Lollipop Girl: Voice, Migration, and the Reception of ‘My Boy Lollipop,’” under review with the Journal for Popular Music Studies.

“Vocal Authorship: Marianne Faithfull and ‘Sister Morphine,’” forthcoming in The Singer-Songwriter Handbook, eds. Katherine Williams and Justin Williams. Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.

“Ability, Authority, and the Aging Ingeniue’s Voice,” forthcoming in Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music, eds. Jacqueline Warwick and Alison Adrian. Routledge, 2016.

The Biggest Feminist in the World: On Miley Cyrus, feminism, and intersectionality,” American Music Review Vol. 43, No. 2 (Spring 2014): 1-5.

“Starstruck:  On Gaga, Voice, and Disability,” in Lady Gaga and Popular Music: Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture, eds. Martin Iddon and Melanie Marshall. Routledge, 2014.

“Brill Building, The,” “Avalon, Frankie,”  “Funicello, Annette,” “Gore, Lesley,” “Greenwich, Ellie,”  “Teen Idols.”  Encyclopaedia entries.  The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd Edition.  Oxford University Press, 2013. [Available through www.oxfordmusiconline.com; subscription required]