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American Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Ulrich Adelt, Associate Professor

M.A. American Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany, 2000

Ph.D. American Studies, University of Iowa, 2007

Ulrich Adelt received an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Hamburg, Germany in 2000 and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 2007. He has published articles in the American Quarterly, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Popular Music and Society, and the Journal of Popular Culture on topics ranging from globalization in German music television to B.B. King's crossover success with white audiences. He has published a book with Rutgers University Press, entitled "Blues Music in the Sixties: A Story in Black and White." Currently he is doing research on Krautrock, German popular music in the 1970s.


Blues Music in the Sixties: A Story in Black and White (Rutgers University Press in 2010).


Germany Gets the Blues: Negotiations of Race and Nation at the American Folk Blues Festival. American Quarterly 60.4 (December 2008): 951-974.

Trying to Find an Identity: Eric Claptons Changing Conception of Blackness. Popular Music and Society 31.4 (October 2008): 433-452.

Hard to Say the Meaning: Neil Youngs Enigmatic Songs of the 1970s. Journal of Popular Music Studies 17.2 (August 2005): 162-174.

Ich bin der Rock'n'Roll Übermensch: Globalization and Localization in German Music Television. Popular Music and Society 28.3 (July 2005): 279-295.

Book Reviews:

Blackface Minstrelsy in Britain by Michael Pickering. In Popular Music and Society Society 32.4 (October 2009): 569-571.

Ramblin on My Mind: New Perspectives on the Blues by David Evans. In Popular Music and Society 32.3 (July 2009): 439-440.

A National Acoustics: Music and Mass Publicity in Weimar and Nazi Germany by Brian Currid. In Popular Music and Society 31.4 (October 2008): 537-538.

Listening Awry: Music and Alterity in German Culture by David Schwarz. In Popular Music and Society 30.5 (December 2007): 586-587.

Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering the Fisk University-Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941-1942 by John W. Work, Lewis Wade Jones, and Samuel C. Adams, Jr. In Popular Music and Society 30.1 (February 2007): 121-122.

Punk Productions by Stacey Thompson. In Journal of Popular Culture 39.1 (February 2006): 150-151.

Encyclopedia Entries:

Essays on Luther Campbell, Gloria Gaynor, Booker T. Jones, Rufus Thomas and Johnny Guitar Watson in Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. African American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press 2008.

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