Robert Webb Fry
Senior Lecturer in Music History and Literature
Current research focuses on music tourism and the role of fan culture in the production of a musical place. Lectures and scholarly papers presented both nationally and internationally on topics including music tourism, fan culture and music festivals, country music and nostalgia, music and place, hip hop, hymnody, blues, minstrelsy, and virtual tourism in “Second Life.” Publications include encyclopedia entries, articles, and review material in Black Praxis, the Routledge Encyclopedia of the Blues, the Arkansas Online Encyclopedia of History and Culture, and the 8th edition of the Burkholder/Grout/Palisca A History of Western Music. Member of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Society of Ethnomusicology, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Classes taught at Vanderbilt include The Blues, Global Music, Survey of Music Literature, Jazz, American Popular Music, Music and Tourism, and Music of the South. Previously taught classes at Hot Springs High School (Hot Springs, Arkansas), 1999-2001; Ohio University, 2001-04; Ohio University Fine Arts in London, 2004; Florida State University, 2004-06. Blair School since 2007.