Richard Leppert is the Samuel Russell Distinguished Professor of Humanities, and Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is Chair of the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. Lepperts most recent books include: Art and the Committed Eye: The Cultural Functions of Imagery (1996); The Sight of Sound: Music, Representation and the History of the Body (1993). Forthcoming in June, from the University of California Press, is Lepperts edition of selected essays on music by Theodor W. Adorno, together with introduction, commentary, and notes. He is currently at work on a book called Musical Extremes: The Dialectics of Virtuosity.
Sara Nicholson is a doctoral candidate in musicology at the Eastman School of Music where she is working on her dissertation entitled Weapon of Choice: Intertextuality in Popular Music Since 1990. She has had papers accepted at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society as well as the US chapter meeting of IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music). She has published articles in the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, volume 3 (2001) and Incestuous Pop: Intertextuality in Recorded Popular Music (forthcoming). Currently she teaches courses in American music and music appreciation at Towson University in Maryland.
Gordon Haramaki received his BA summa cum laude in music composition from UCLA in 1998, and is currently a graduate student in the Department of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His dissertation, Embodying the Renaissance: Italian Music and the Early Modern Self (1580-1645) deals with the rhetorical interactions of music and the body in late Renaissance court culture. Gordon recently returned from a trip to Britain on the Ciro Zoppo Fellowship to study the work of seventeeth-century composer Nicholas Lanier.
Sheila Masson was born in London, England and moved to the United States during her teens. She studied illustration and photography at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, England, and the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone, England. After graduation, she returned to live permanently in the United States. She moved to Los Angeles after working as a photo editor in New York City for four years to begin her career as a photojournalist. Sheila is currently a freelance photographer for three Los Angeles area newspapers and is also a 2002 participant of the Eddie Adams Workshop.
Caroline OMeara is a graduate student in the Department of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her BA summa cum laude in music from Princeton University in 1998. Her primary scholary interest is the field of popular music studies, including the influence of feminism on punk rock and the ways noise can be understood in rock. She recently presented a paper on Bikini Kill at UCLAs Thinking Gender conference.
Paul Von Blum has taught at the University of California for thirty-three years and has been at UCLA since 1980. He teaches in the African American Studies Program, the Communication Studies Program, and the Department of Art History. For several years, he has taught a course in African American Studies entitled Paul Robeson: An American Life. He has received Academic Senate distinguished Teaching Awards at both UC Berkeley and UCLA. He is the author of several books and articles on art, society, culture, and history. His forthcoming book, Resistance, Dignity, and Pride: A History of African American Art in Southern California, will be published in 2003.
Stephanie Vander Wel received her MA at the University of Virginia, where she wrote a thesis entitled Nadia Boulanger Composer/Teacher under the direction of Suzanne Cusick and Fred Maus. With her interest turning to popular music, she has read papers focused on Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and the genre of honky tonk at national and international conferences. Currently, she is a graduate student at UCLA and plans to write a dissertation about gender and country music.