Musicologist Elizabeth Ann Lindau writes about popular music’s engagement with avant-gardism since the 1960s. Her work on John Cage’s number pieces as recorded by rock band Sonic Youth was published in Tomorrow is the Question: New Directions in Experimental Music Studies (Michigan, 2014). An essay on Yoko Ono will appear in the 20th anniversary issue of the journal Women & Music, and a piece on David Byrne and Brian Eno’s album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is forthcoming in the collection Brian Eno: Oblique Music (Bloomsbury, 2016). 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. She recently reviewed Universal’s 45th Anniversary reissues of the Velvets’ first three albums for the Journal of the Society for American Music (2015). She regularly presents at conferences, including Feminist Theory and Music and annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-U.S. (IASPM-US), the Modernist Studies Association, and the Society for American Music (SAM). She chaired the committee for the 2014 IASPM-US Woody Guthrie Prize for the best scholarly monograph on popular music, and currently serves as General Editor of the SAM Bulletin.
Dr. Lindau earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music from the University of Virginia, and her 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). She has taught courses on rock music, music theory, 20th Century composition, world music, and sound recording.