Alternate Takes: Critical Responses to Popular Music is a series edited by Matt Brennan and Simon Frith.
Matt Brennan is a Chancellor’s Fellow of Music at the University of Edinburgh and has served as Chair of the UK and Ireland branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). He is the author of When Genres Collide: Down Beat, Rolling Stone and the Struggle between Jazz and Rock (Bloomsbury, 2017), co-author of The History of Live Music in Britain from 1950-1967 (Ashgate, 2013), and co-editor of the Research Companion to Popular Music Education (Routledge, 2017). He is currently writing a book on the social history of the drum kit.
Simon Frith is retired Tovey Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has been a leading figure in the academic study of popular music since the publication of his first book, The Sociology of Rock, in 1978. As a music journalist he wrote for many magazines in Britain and the USA before becoming rock critic of the Sunday Times. He chaired the judges of the Mercury Music Prize since it was launched in 1992 to 2016, and is presently co-writing a history of live music in Britain. The first volume, covering 1950-1967, was published by Ashgate in 2013.
Daphne Brooks, Department of African American Studies, Yale University, author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performance of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 and Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace’.
Susan Fast, Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMasters University, author of In the Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock and Michael Jackson’s ‘Dangerous’.
Sarah Hill, Department of Music, Cardiff University, editor of Popular Music and author of San Francisco and the Long 60s.
Marcus O’Dair, Department of Media and Performing Arts, Middlesex University, broadcaster (BBC Radio), author of Different Every Time: the Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt.
Ann Powers, chief critic and correspondent at NPR Music, author of Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America and co-editor of Rock She Wrote: Women Write about Rock, Pop and Rap.
Tracey Thorn, musician (Marine Girls, Everything but the Girl) and writer (Bedsit Disco Queen and Naked at the Albert Hall).
Oliver Wang, Department of Sociology, California State University Long Beach, author of Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide and Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Eric Weisbard, Department of American Studies, University of Alabama, head organizer of the MoPOP Pop Conference and author of Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstream of American Music.