Dr. Mike Alleyne

Professor

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

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados (1996)
  • BA, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados (1992)

Biography

Professor Mike Alleyne (Ph.D) teaches in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and is also a visiting professor at the Pop Akademie in Germany. He is the author of The Essential Hendrix (2020), The Encyclopedia of Reggae (2012) and contributing editor of Rhythm Revolution (2015). He is the co-editor of Prince and Popular Music (2020), and the author of the book chapter “Authenticity in Music Produc...

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Professor Mike Alleyne (Ph.D) teaches in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and is also a visiting professor at the Pop Akademie in Germany. He is the author of The Essential Hendrix (2020), The Encyclopedia of Reggae (2012) and contributing editor of Rhythm Revolution (2015). He is the co-editor of Prince and Popular Music (2020), and the author of the book chapter “Authenticity in Music Production” included in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Music Production (2020).

Born in London, England, to parents from the Caribbean nation of Barbados, he has lectured and presented conference papers internationally (e.g. Denmark, Finland, Sweden, U.K., Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica and South Africa), publishing numerous book chapters and articles. Journal and periodical publications include Popular Music & Society, Rock Music Studies, the Journal on the Art of Record Production, the award-winning Grove Dictionary of American Music, Popular Music History, Ethnomusicology Forum, the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Social and Economic Studies, Small Axe, Billboard magazine, and in the SAGE Business Case Series in Music Marketing issued online.

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). Prof. Alleyne contributed liner notes to the groundbreaking 9-CD box set, the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap (2021), and was an advisor on the project. He is co-editing and contributing a chapter to the anthology Analyzing Recorded Music: Collected Perspectives (Routledge, 2022).

His notable interviewees include producer/musician/songwriter Nile Rodgers, Phil Collins, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, Public Enemy rap music icon Chuck D, and Caribbean music legend Eddy Grant. Alleyne was also a consultant for the estate of legendary singer Marvin Gaye in the widely-publicized “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement case, decided in favor of the estate in 2015. In 2017, he was a the co-organizer of the first popular music conference entirely dedicated to the life and career of the artist Prince, and the successful event took place at the University of Salford in Manchester, England. He was invited to teach a Masterclass at Salford in 2018 on copyright infringement issues in popular music. 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