Associate Professor, Department Of Music
Rob Bowman has been writing professionally about rhythm and blues, rock, country, jazz and gospel for over a quarter century. Nominated for five Grammy Awards, in 1996 Bowman won the Grammy in the “Best Album Notes” category for a 47,000 word monograph he penned to accompany a 10-CD box set that he also co-produced, The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles Volume 3: 1972-1975 (Fantasy Records). He is also the author of Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records (Schirmer Books), winner of the 1998 ASCAP-Deems Taylor and ARSC Awards for Excellence in Music Research. On top of his popular press and liner note work, Bowman played a seminal role in the founding and creation of The Stax Museum of American Soul Music (opened in Memphis in 2003), wrote the four-part television documentary series The Industry and has helped pioneer the study and teaching of popular music in the world of academia. A tenured professor at York University in Toronto, Bowman regularly lectures on popular music around the world.