• Tim J. Anderson studies the cultural and material aspects that help make music popular. His has written two monographs and articles for numerous journals and edited volumes.
  • Selected Publications

    Articles In Academic Journals

    Year Title
    2013 From Background Music to Above-the-Line Actor: The Rise of the Music Supervisor in Converging Televisual EnvironmentsJournal of Popular Music Studies. 371-388.
    2011 To Flood the Basin with Beethoven: The Promethean Aesthetics of Post World War II FM Concert Station in the United StatesPopular Music History.
    2009 “A Skip in the Record of Media Studies: Why The Failure to Better Understand Popular Music as Media Matters So Much Today”The Velvet Light Trap, A Critical Journal of Film and Television.
    2008 “As if history were merely a record: The Pathology of Nostalgia and the Figure of the Recording in Contemporary Popular Cinema”Music, Sound and the Moving Image.
    2006 “At the End of the Day We're all 'End Users'"Flo.
    2006 “Could You Feel Like They Feel?: Music Games, Listening and Fantasies of Identification.”Flo, Volume 5, Issue 8.
    2006 “Let's Get Small: The Year When the Record Industry Broke and Listeners Became Crazy, Mixed Up, Downloading, File-Sharing Freaks”Flo.
    2006 “Passion is No Ordinary Word”Flo.
    2006 “’New Media’? Please Define”Flo.
    2005 "How Much Do I Love myTunes? Allow Me to List the Ways...”Flo.
    2005 “Television and the Work of Mourning”Flo.
    2004 “Buried Under the Fecundity of His Own Creations: Rethinking The Stockpile, The Standing Reserve and the Recording Bans of the American Federation of Musician, 1942 to 1944 and 1948”American Music.
    1997 “Reforming ‘Jackass Music’: The Problematic Aesthetics of Early Film Music Accompaniment,"Cinema Journal.
    1997 “Which Voice Best Becomes the Property?: Tie-Ups, Intertexts and Versioning in the Production of My Fair Lady"Spectator: The University of California Journal of Film and Television Criticism.
    1995 “Thou Shall Not Steal Television: Signal Theft in the Age of Information"The Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film and Television.
    1993 “What Are We Listening To? What Are We Talking About?: Recorded Sound as an Object of Interdisciplinary Study”Stanford Humanities Review.


    Year Title
    2014 Popular Music in a Digital Music Economy: Practices, Problems and Solutions for an Emerging Service Industry.  Routledge.
    2006 Making Easy Listening: Material Culture and Postwar American Recording.  University of Minnesota Press.


    Year Title
    2017 Why Legally Downloading Music is Morally WrongThe Ethical Life. Oxford University Press.
    2013 Lost in Transition: Popular Music, Adolescence and the Melodramatic Mode of Sofia CoppolaPopular Music and the Post-MTV Auteur: Visionary Filmmakers after MTV. Oxford University Press.
    2013 Unions, MusiciansThe Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition. Oxford University Press.
    2010 Uneasy Listening: Music, Sound, and Criticizing Camelot in Mad MenMad Men: Dream Come True TV. London: I.B. Tauris.

    Conference Papers

    Year Title
    2006 Investigating Student Outcomes Using a Longitudinal Database and Statistical Procedures.  20-25.

    Research Overview

  • Popular music industry and culture; media history; film and popular music; television and popular music; popular music and technology
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University 1998
  • M.A. in Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University 1993
  • B.A. in Philosophy, The University of Arizona 1991
  • Full Name

  • Tim Anderson