Jason Lee Oakes oversees popular music literature at RILM Abstracts. He holds a PhD from Columbia University in ethnomusicology, with a dissertation that looked at, and more importantly, listened to various "music reenactment” cultures in New York City and beyond: including case studies of Elvis impersonators, Stevie Nicks drag queens, live band Punk Rock Heavy Metal Karaoke, and the Losers Lounge songwriter tribute series.
Dr. Oakes was recently selected to be one of two co-editors of the Oxford University Press Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies—to be published in late 2016 or early 2017 (estimated). His other writings can be found in Current Musicology; The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Musicology; Queering the Popular Pitch; Access All Eras: Tribute Bands and Global Popular Culture; Bad Music: The Music We Love To Hate; The SAGE Encyclopedia of Ethnomusicology (upcoming); and in various remote corners of the Internet including his academia.edu page.
In his spare time Jason teaches at The Cooper Union and The New School. He also plays drums in a couple bands you’ve never heard of, and plays out in singer-songwriter mode for the occasional secret show.