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Oakes, Jason

(BA from Texas A&M University with a major in psychology; PhD in Ethnomusicology from Columbia, 2004) wrote an MA thesis entitled "The Song Remains the Same: The Negotiation of Authenticity and Identity in Rock Tribute Bands."). His dissertation titled "Losers, punks, and queers (and Elvii too): Identification and "identity" at New York City music tribute events" is on musical simulacra, representation, and mimicry, examining such phenomena as "tribute bands" and Elvis impersonators. His major area of interest is North American popular musics, but he is also interested in Japanese court and theatrical music. Dr. Oakes's dissertation, on "tribute events" in New York City's club scene, was sponsored by Prof. Timothy Taylor, and will be available on ProQuest in the Fall of 2005.
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