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Dr. Jayson Beaster-Jones: “Themes of Violence, Reconciliation, and Love – The Background Scores of Bombay and DDLJ”

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall Central, 3rd Floor


Jayson Beaster-Jones is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses upon the music industry of India. His first book entitled Bollywood Sounds: The Cosmopolitan Mediations of Hindi Film Song (2014, Oxford University Press) explores 70 years of Bollywood film songs and their musical and social meanings. His current research project, Music as Merchandise: Music Commodities, Markets, and Values in India examines music retail stores as sites of cultural production in contemporary India, focusing in particular upon the kinds of economic and social values that are produced as music is sold, as well as the meanings that accompany music commodities in retail contexts. He received his B.A. (1996) in Music and Anthropology at Whitman College and his M.A. (2000) and Ph.D. (2007) in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

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Department of MusicCenter for South Asia
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