Title: Faculty Associate
Specialty: Popular Music
Michael Campbell is a writer and pianist. A California native, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and holds a doctorate from Peabody Conservatory, where he studied piano with Leon Fleisher.
As a commercial musician, he has assisted such artists as Angela Lansbury, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Bob Hope, Redd Foxx, Ethel Merman, and Don McLean.
As a concert pianist, he has performed a broad range of repertoire, including his own transcriptions of recordings by Art Tatum, Jelly Roll Morton, and other legendary jazz pianists. He has presented papers on Cole Porter, the evolution of popular music, and the search for the first rock-and-roll record and has contributed articles on Cole Porter and Harold Arlen for a forthcoming book on popular song.
Campbell is the author of three music texts - Popular Music in America: The Beat Goes On, Rock and Roll: An Introduction, and Music. For many years, Campbell taught at Western Illinois University. He now lives in Rhode Island, where he devotes his time to conducting research, writing, performing, and teaching online courses at ASU.