John P Meyers

Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies

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I am an ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar whose work examines how popular music cultures engage with the past. 

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Jazz, Hip Hop, Funk, Rock, Soul Music, Technology, Sampling, Intellectual Property, Activism

Research Description

  • My current book manuscript project, Play it Again: The Enduring Past in Popular Music examines topics such as the sampling of soul and funk recordings from the 1970s in hip-hop, the live performance of "standards" among jazz musicians, and the recording of songs from the "Great American Songbook" by pop and rock musicians. Recent articles on Miles Davis in the mid-1960s, tribute bands, rock music in Mexico City and Buenos Aires, and cultural politics in African American music have been published in Jazz PerspectivesEthnomusicology, Ethnomusicology Forum, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. In 2016, I won the Richard Waterman Prize from the Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology for best article by a junior scholar. 


  • University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., 2011
  • Columbia University, B.A., 2005


  • AFRO 132: African American Music
  • AFRO 224: Art, Culture, and African American Experience
  • GCL 145 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Social Justice: Black Music and Social Justice


Journal Articles

  • "Standards and Signification between Jazz and Fusion: Miles Davis and 'I Fall in Love Too Easily,' 1963-1970." Jazz Perspectives (2016):

  • "The Beatles in Buenos Aires, Muse in Mexico City: Tribute Bands and the Global Consumption of Rock Music." Ethnomusicology Forum 24.3 (2015): 329-348.

  • "Still Like That Old Time Rock and Roll: Tribute Bands and Historical Consciousness in Popular Music." Ethnomusicology 59.1 (2015): 61-81.

  • "The World According to Marsalis: Difference and Sameness in Wynton Marsalis's 'From the Plantation to the Penitentiary'." Journal of Popular Music Studies 22.4 (2010): 416-443.


  • Rev. of Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New OrleansJazz Perspectives 8.1 (2014): 103-107.

  • Rev. of Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJNotes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 70.1 (2013): 109-111.

  • Rev. of I Am Hip-Hop: Conversations on the Music and CultureNotes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 68.3 (2012): 583-585.

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