Eric Weisbard

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Eric Weisbard
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Weisbard speaking at the 2008 Pop Conference
OccupationMusic critic
Known forPop Conference
Notable work
Spin Alternative Record Guide
Top 40 Democracy
Spouse(s)Ann Powers

Eric Weisbard is an American music critic known for founding the Pop Conference, which is hosted annually by the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly known as the EMP Museum). He also organized the conference for many years.[1]


Weisbard serves as an associate professor of American studies at the University of Alabama.[2] He is also the author of both a 33⅓ book entry about Use Your Illusion and the 2014 book Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music, and a former editor for Spin.[3] With Craig Marks, he was also the co-editor of the Spin Alternative Record Guide,[4] and has also written for the Village Voice.[5] For Top 40 Democracy, he received the 2015 Woody Guthrie Award from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music's United States branch.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Weisbard is married to Ann Powers, a music critic for NPR.[7]


  1. ^ "Eric Weisbard". University of Chicago Press.
  2. ^ "Eric Weisbard". Department of American Studies. University of Alabama. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  3. ^ Harvey, Eric (24 November 2014). "Top 40 Democracy". Pitchfork Media.
  4. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 9780679755746.
  5. ^ Rosen, Jody (5 September 2006). "X-ed Out". Slate.
  6. ^ Weinstein, Greg (30 June 2015). "Eric Weisbard, 2015 Woody Guthrie Award Winner". IASPM-US.
  7. ^ Jensen, Elizabeth (20 February 2015). "A Conflict Of Interest At NPR Music?". NPR.

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