Robin Balliger entered the PhD program at Stanford after fifteen years involvement in music and activism in San Francisco. She drew on her experience, in addition to studying the scholarly literature on music, sound, and place, and published an article after completing her first year in graduate school. This article expanded on analyses of popular music by focusing less on lyrics and more on the meanings of sound, space, and bodily engagements: “The Sounds of Resistance,” in Sounding Off!: Music as Subversion/Resistance/Revolution. Eds. Ron Sakolsky and Fred Wei-Han Ho, 1995. It was reprinted in The Global Resistance Reader in 2005. She also published a chapter on “Politics” in Key Terms in Popular Music and Culture, ed. By Bruce Horner and Thomas Swiss, 1999.
“Politics,” Key Terms in Popular Music and Culture. Eds. Bruce Horner and Thomas Swiss. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
“The Sounds of Resistance,” Sounding Off!: Music as Subversion/Resistance/Revolution. Eds. Ron Sakolsky and Fred Wei-Han Ho. New York: Autonomedia, 1995.