Research Areas: Musicology
Brian F. Wright is a PhD student in musicology at Case Western Reserve University and a former research assistant for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archive. His dissertation focuses on the cultural history of the electric bass in jazz, rock, and rhythm & blues from 1951-1975, exploring issues such as social stigma, amateur music making, race, and popular music historiography. His article “‘A Bastard Instrument’: The Fender Precision Bass, Monk Montgomery, and Jazz in the 1950s” is forthcoming from Jazz Perspectives, and his chapter “Transvaluing Adam Clayton: Why The Bass Matters in U2’s Music” appeared in the 2014 collection U2 Above, Across, and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Assessments. His work has also been published in the Journal of World Popular Music, Environmental Values, and Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, and he has presented at the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the US branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.