Music is a powerful thing. I study that power–how it manifests, and how it is used.

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In my first book, I explored the sound of an all-powerful nation, the United States, during the Cold War. I continue to explore the ways in which the United States uses music to bolster its power, and musicians’ reactions to America’s changing place in the world.

In tandem, I examine attempts to marshal music’s power in a very different, frequently traumatic Cold War context: civil war El Salvador.