John Paul Meyers

Assistant Professor


I am an ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar whose work examines how popular music cultures engage with the past. 

Research Interests

Jazz, Hip Hop, Funk, Rock, Soul Music, Technology, Sampling, Intellectual Property, Activism

Research Description

My current book manuscript project, Play it Again: The Enduring Past in Popular Music examines topics such as the sampling of soul and funk recordings from the 1970s in hip-hop, the live performance of "standards" among jazz musicians, and the recording of songs from the "Great American Songbook" by pop and rock musicians. Recent articles on Miles Davis in the mid-1960s, tribute bands, rock music in Mexico City and Buenos Aires, and cultural politics in African American music have been published in Jazz PerspectivesEthnomusicology, Ethnomusicology Forum, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. In 2016, I won the Richard Waterman Prize from the Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology for best article by a junior scholar. 


  • University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., 2011
  • Columbia University, B.A., 2005

Recent Publications

Meyers, J. P. (2015). Standards and Signification between Jazz and Fusion: Miles Davis and “I Fall in Love Too Easily,” 1963–1970. Jazz Perspectives, 9(2), 113-136.

Meyers, J. P. (2015). Still like that old time rock and roll: Tribute bands and historical consciousness in popular music. Ethnomusicology, 59(1), 61-81.

Meyers, J. P. (2015). The Beatles in Buenos Aires, Muse in Mexico City: Tribute bands and the global consumption of rock music. Ethnomusicology Forum, 24(3), 329-348.

Meyers, J. P. (2014). Review: M. Sakakeeny's Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans. Jazz Perspectives, 8(1), 103-107.

Meyers, J. P. (2013). Review: M. Katz's Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ by Mark Katz. Notes, 70(1), 109-111.

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