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Tribute Bands and Historical Consciousness with John Paul Meyers
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Episode #1: Tribute Bands and Historical Consciousness with John Paul Meyers

In this episode, we discuss the rock-and-roll tribute band phenomenon with John Paul Meyers, whose article "Still Like That Old Time Rock and Roll:Tribute Bands and Historical Consciousness in Popular Music," was published in the Winter 2015 issue of the journal, Ethnomusicology. Meyers explains tribute bands as a case study for exploring the active role historical consciousness plays in shaping listeners' engagement with popular music. By reviving the sounds---and sights---of a previous generation, tribute band concerts serve to establish historical narratives within popular music culture.

John Paul Meyers is a visiting assistant professor of African-American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on popular music of the United States and Latin America, with particular attention to how contemporary popular music scenes understand their relationships to the past. He has done fieldwork on tribute bands in the United States, Mexico, and Argentina, and his current research concerns the sampling of soul and funk recordings from the 1970s in hip-hop.

Thanks to Carly Paige for the music in this episode. You can hear her song, "Just Imagine," along with many of her other songs on her YouTube channel or on her website at carlypaige.com.

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