Guest: Dr Eric Kasper, Asst Professor of Political Science and Author
Sander’s playlist highlights his revolution, Clinton roars with Katy Perry, and Trump is rocking in the free world - even though Neil Young may hate it. This week on Pop Culture confidential - the candidates and their music!
Since the birth of the United States there has been a continued tradition of presidential candidates using music to express their campaign messages. We speak to Dr Eric Kasper, Asst Professor of Political Science and the co-author of the book "Don’t Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns" to find out – Where did the tradition of campaign songs begin? What does it mean for a candidate to have a musician’s endorsement? How can a campaign be hurt when a musician sends a cease and desist on the use of their track?
Eric T. Kasper is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Dr. Kasper has authored or co-authored four books, including, with Benjamin Schoening, Don’t Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns. He has also written or co-written various book chapters and journal articles, including, with Benjamin Schoening, “‘I Won’t Back Down,’ or Will I?: The Law and Politics Surrounding Presidential Candidates’ Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted Songs”.