David Metzer is one of the leading scholars of 20th and 21st-century American music. After completing a PhD at Yale University, he joined the faculty of the University of British Columbia, where he is a Distinguished University Scholar. His research covers a wide variety of genres and topics, including homoeroticism in the early works of Aaron Copland and the act of confession in Frank Ocean's music. He has published three books with Cambridge University Press: Quotation and Cultural Meaning in Twentieth-Century Music, Musical Modernism at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, and The Ballad in American Popular Music: From Elvis to Beyoncé. Articles of his have appeared in leading musicology and interdisciplinary journals. He has also been interviewed for HuffPost and BBC and CBC radio.
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