It is finally happening: I turned my Staatsarbeit on Christian punk rock into a chapter for a book published by Joseph P. Fisher, The George Washington University and Brian Flota, Oklahoma State University called "The Politics of Post-9/11 Music: Sound, Trauma, and the Music Industry in the Time of Terror." Which, in addition to me, features a number of excellent researchers among them Steve Waksman. I am very excited about this and can't wait to hold the hard copy in my hands. For now the publishing house Ahsgate has just has a pre-order blurb out! Especially on a day where work on the dissertation is going very slowly, this is encouraging news.
Here is the Waschzettel: Seeking to extend discussions of 9/11 music beyond the acts typically associated with the September 11th attacks-U2, Toby Keith, The Dixie Chicks, Bruce Springsteen-this collection interrogates the politics of a variety of post-9/11 music scenes. Contributors add an aural dimension to what has been a visual conceptualization of this important moment in US history by articulating the role that lesser-known contemporary musicians have played - or have refused to play - in constructing a politics of protest in direct response to the trauma inflicted that day. Encouraging new conceptualizations of what constitutes "political music," The Politics of 9/11 Music covers topics as diverse as the rise of Internet music distribution, Christian punk rock, rap music in the Obama era, and nostalgia for 1960s political activism.