OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATimothy D. Taylor (b. 17 March 1961) is an interdisciplinary social scientist focusing mainly on music and culture. He is the author or editor of six books and over 40 articles and book chapters. His teaching and research cover subjects from capitalism to globalization, identity, consumer culture, and more.

Taylor is the author of Global Pop: World Music, World Markets (Routledge, 1997), Strange Sounds: Music, Technology and Culture (Routledge, 2001), Beyond Exoticism: Western Music and the World (Duke, 2007), and The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture (Chicago, 2012), which won the 2012 John C. Cawelti Award from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture. His collection, Music, Sound, and Technology in America: A Documentary History of Early Phonograph, Cinema, and Radio, co-edited with Mark Katz and Tony Grajeda (Duke, 2012), was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence for Historical Recorded Sound Research in General Topics. His article “The Commodification of Music at the Dawn of the Era of Mechanical Music,’” published in Ethnomusicology in 2007, was awarded the Jaap Kunst Prize by the Society for Ethnomusicology. His work has been supported by a junior fellowship and the Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Humanities Center. He is currently completing a book about music in today’s capitalism, to be published by the University of Chicago Press.

Taylor earned his B.A. as a double major in music and Northern (Environmental) Studies at Middlebury College in 1983, an M.M. in clarinet performance at the Yale School of Music in 1985, an M.A. in 20th century music from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1990, and an M.A. in 1990 and Ph.D. in musicology in 1993 from the University of Michigan.

As an Irish traditional musician, Taylor started playing the tin whistle as an exchange/fellowship student at the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1988-89. From 2001-04, he studied the flute with Mike Rafferty, a well-known exponent of the east Galway flute style. Taylor initiated a traditional music session in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the early 1990s that is still going, and he has played in sessions around the world. He can most often be heard at the AULD DUBLINER in Long Beach, California, on Sunday afternoons.

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