Musicologist Elizabeth Ann Lindau writes about popular music’s engagement with avant-gardism since the 1960s. She has published articles and book chapters on Brian Eno, Yoko Ono, and Sonic Youth. Her ongoing work on the Velvet Underground & Nico and Andy Warhol was supported by a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for research at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. Dr. Lindau regularly presents at conferences, including Feminist Theory and Music, the Pop Conference at the Museum of Popular Culture (Seattle), and annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US (IASPM-US), the Modernist Studies Association, and the Society for American Music (SAM). She served as secretary of the IASPM-US (2018–2020), general editor of the SAM Bulletin (2016–2019), and committee chair of the 2014 IASPM-US Woody Guthrie Prize for best scholarly monograph on popular music.
Dr. Lindau earned PhD and MA degrees in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music from the University of Virginia, and bachelor’s degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the music faculty at CSULB in Fall 2016, she held visiting appointments at Earlham College (Indiana), Wesleyan University (Connecticut), and Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania).
- History of Music: 19th-20th Centuries
- Music and Decadence from Baudelaire to Bowie
- Music and Portraiture
- Popular Music in the United States
- Research Methods
- Seminar in Romantic Music
- "Portrait of the Artist as Andy Warhol: Lou Reed and John Cale’s Songs for Drella." In What Goes On: The Velvet Underground and After, edited by Sean Albiez and David Pattie. New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming.
- "‘We can bring it back’: Revisiting Cateforis in 2018." Journal of Popular Music Studies, 30, no. 4: 113–120.
- "‘Mother Superior’: Maternity and Creativity in the Work of Yoko Ono." Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, 20: 57–76.
- "Avant-gardism, ‘Africa,’ and Appropriation in My Life in the Bush of Ghosts." In Brian Eno: Oblique Music, edited by Sean Albiez and David Pattie, 193–209. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.
- Review of The Velvet Underground and Nico, White Light/White Heat, and The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Reissues). Journal of the Society for American Music 9, no. 4 (November 2015), 517–521.
- "Goodbye 20th Century! Sonic Youth Records John Cage’s ‘Number Pieces.’" In Tomorrow is the Question: New Directions in Experimental Music Studies, edited by Benjamin Piekut, 15–38. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014.
- "Sonic Mist-ery: The Cocteau Twins’ ‘Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops.’" Essay in the IASPM-US web series "Stop Making Sense: The Unintelligible in Popular Song," edited by Elizabeth Lindau. May 7–27, 2013.
- "John Richardson, An Eye for Music: Popular Music and the Audiovisual Surreal." IASPM-US Website Interview series. December 12, 2012.