Joseph Schloss is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies the way people use art — especially music and dance — to develop new perspectives on social, cultural and political issues. He is primarily interested in hip-hop culture as part of a larger complex of expressive traditions of the African Diaspora.
A past recipient of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Charles Seeger Prize, he is the author of Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York (Oxford University Press: 2009), and Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop (Wesleyan University Press: 2004/2014), which won the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Book Prize in 2005. He is also the co-author of Rock: Music, Culture and Business (Oxford University Press: 2012), with Christopher Waterman and Larry Starr. He has previously taught at the University of Virginia, Tufts University, and New York University. He lives in Brooklyn.
For more information, please visit www.JosephSchloss.com.
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