Dr. Mike Alleyne

Professor

Dr. Mike Alleyne
Room 220, John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building (BRAGG)
MTSU Box 21, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of The West Indies (1996)
  • B.A., University of The West Indies (1992)

Biography

Professor Mike Alleyne has been teaching in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) since 2000. He is the author of The Encyclopedia of Reggae: The Golden Age of Roots Reggae (2012) and contributing editor of Rhythm Revolution: A Chronological Anthology of American Popular Music - 1960s to 1980s (2015).

He has lectured internationally at Linnaeus University in Sweden, the Pop Akademie in Germany, Concordia University in Montre...

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Professor Mike Alleyne has been teaching in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) since 2000. He is the author of The Encyclopedia of Reggae: The Golden Age of Roots Reggae (2012) and contributing editor of Rhythm Revolution: A Chronological Anthology of American Popular Music - 1960s to 1980s (2015).

He has lectured internationally at Linnaeus University in Sweden, the Pop Akademie in Germany, Concordia University in Montreal and at the University of the West Indies in the Caribbean. He has given conference paper presentations on popular music in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica and South Africa, among other territories.

His articles have been published in Popular Music & Society, the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Rock Music Studies, the Journal on the Art of Record Production, the award-winning Grove Dictionary of American Music, Popular Music History, Social and Economic Studies, Small Axe and Billboard magazine.
His book chapter contributions appear in Rihanna: Barbados World-Gurl in Global Popular Culture (2015), Sound and Music in Film and Visual Media: An Overview (2009), Globalization, Diaspora & Caribbean Popular Culture (2005), Bob Marley: The Man & His Music (2003), and Culture and Mass Communication in the Caribbean (2001). 

In addition to his numerous academic publications, London-born Prof. Alleyne was also a consultant for the estate of Marvin Gaye in the 2015 copyright infringement trial involving the 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines.” He has contributed track notes to the forthcoming CD collection, The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop & Rap, and is currently writing a book on Jimi Hendrix due for publication in 2018.

His areas of specialization include the history of album cover art and graphics and the commercialization of reggae and Caribbean popular music. Prof. Alleyne’s research interviewees have included producer/guitarist Nile Rodgers, rap veteran Chuck D of Public Enemy, and rock singer/songwriter Phil Collins. His involvement with popular music also includes roles as a writer and publisher member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) and PRS (Performing Right Society).

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Courses

History of the Recording Industry

History of Jimi Hendrix 

International Recording Industry

Popular Music Studies