In colleges and universities, rock studies used to mean geology. Today it means music. A scholarly journal has just published a 22-page article on my list of great conservative rock songs. From my response, posted today.
I guess I should be flattered. Spencer, who is a Ph.D. candidate in American studies at Michigan State University, thinks that my three-page article from a four-year-old issue of National Review is worth a 22-page response in an academic publication. And it isn’t just any old 22-page response. It’s a 22-page response that accuses me of “investing meaning in rock music through a dialectical process of negotiated use.”
This guy has my number. That’s exactly how I pitched the story to my editor.