Dr. John Dougan

Professor

Dr. John Dougan
615-898-5468
Room 221, John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building (BRAGG)
MTSU Box 21, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., College of William And Mary, VA (2001)
  • M.A., College of William And Mary, VA (1998)
  • B.A., Westfield State College, MA (1994)

Areas of Expertise

History of the Recording Industry
Survey of the Recording Industry
History of Country Music
Free Expression
Publicity in the Music Industry

Biography

John Dougan is professor of music business and popular music studies in the department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his BA in English from Westfield State University in Massachusetts, and an MA and Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary. Prior to coming to MTSU he spent 15 years as a freelance music critic contributing essays and reviews on music and popular culture to numerous magazines and newspapers including Rolling Stone and S...

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John Dougan is professor of music business and popular music studies in the department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his BA in English from Westfield State University in Massachusetts, and an MA and Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary. Prior to coming to MTSU he spent 15 years as a freelance music critic contributing essays and reviews on music and popular culture to numerous magazines and newspapers including Rolling Stone and Spin. He has published dozens of artist biographies and discographies for the All Music Guide series of books and website, and has published essays and reviews in American Music, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Appalachian Journal, Journal of Southern History, the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, and online publications Popmatters and Perfect Sound Forever. He has published two books: The Who Sell Out (Continuum, 2006), and The Mistakes of Yesterday, The Hopes of Tomorrow: The Story of the Prisonaires (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012), the latter named “Best Music Book of 2013” by the Nashville Scene. A former Executive Director of the Kentucky-Tennessee American Studies Association, he also serves on the editorial boards of “Tracking Pop,” a popular music studies book series published by the University of Michigan Press, and the academic journal Punk & Post Punk.

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