Greensboro College Professor's Book on Sociology of Rock Music to be Republished

Jonathon Epstein
"GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A 1994 book edited by Jonathon Epstein, visiting associate professor of sociology and criminal justice at Greensboro College, will be reissued April 12 by the Routledge academic imprint as part of its Routledge Library Editions: Popular Music series.

The book, "Adolescents and Their Music: If It's Too Loud, You're Too Old," includes 14 essays and an extended, annotated bibliography of sociological popular-music scholarship.

The essays cover such topics as:

  • How rock music has been targeted by the cultural elite.
  • A case study of a "hard-core scene" in the culture of suburban New York City.
  • The deviant lifestyles of early rock performers.
  • Examinations of heavy metal and rap as cultural resources in which youth find meaning.
A 1996 review by Robert G. Weiner on Hnet: Humanities and Social Sciences Online said, "This text will, no doubt, be referred to again and again as popular music continues to be a source of study in academia."

Epstein holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. from Kent State University in Ohio. He joined the Greensboro College faculty in 2013.

Greensboro College provides a liberal-arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

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