Smith Wins 2015 David Sanjek Memorial Graduate Student Prize

Mandy Smith drummingMandy Smith, doctoral student in CWRU’s musicology program, won the 2015 David Sanjek Memorial Graduate Student Prize at this past weekend’s conference of the International Association of the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), in Louisville, Ky. Mandy’s presentation (which featured her drumming as well as her words) was called “Drumming Is My Madness’: The Primitive in Late 1960s Rock Drumming.” The award announcement reads, in part, “The committee found your paper impressive in its dynamic hands-on approach to the history of the drum kit and its seamless blend of cultural critique and musicological analysis.” The announcement went on to note how her analytical approach should prove influential to other scholars.

Please congratulate Mandy when you see her!