Josh Kun


Josh Kun, “Playing the Fence, Listening to the Line: Sound, Sound Art, and Acoustic Politics at the US-Mexico Border,” in Performance in the Borderlands, ed. Ramón H. Rivera-Servera and Harvey Young (Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 17-36.

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Josh Kun is Professor of Communication and Journalism in the Annenberg School and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. He is the author of Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (UC Press), which won a 2006 American Book Award, and two award-winning books based on the special collections of the Los Angeles Public Library: Songs in the Key of Los Angeles (2013, Angel City Press) and To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City (2015, Angel City Press). In 2008, he co-authored (with Roger Bennett) And You Shall Know Us By The Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past As Told By The Records We’ve Loved and Lost (Crown, 2008) and he is an editor of several collections: Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies (John Hopkins, co-edited with Kara Keeling), Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border (Duke UP, co-edited with Fiamma Montezemolo), Black and Brown in Los Angeles: Beyond Conflict and Coalition (UC Press, co-edited with Laura Pulido), and The Song is Not The Same: Jews and American Popular Music (Purdue UP). Most recently he wrote the text for Border Cantos (Aperture, 2016) a collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and composer Guillermo Galindo, and is currently completing two books about music and the US-Mexico border.