about the author
John Strausbaugh is a journalist and cultural commentator based in New York City. His previous books have examined the history of recreational drug use (The Drug User: Documents 1840-1960, co-edited with Donald Blaise, 1990), the intersection of politics and popular culture in the White House (Alone With the President, 1992), the priesthood that spreads the gospel of Elvisism (E: Reflections on the Birth of the Elvis Faith, 1995) and Rock and Roll's infidelity to the youth culture that created it (Rock 'Til You Drop: The Decline From Rebellion to Nostalgia, 2001), which was declared “the definitive word on the senescent Rolling Stones” by The New York Times. Rock Til You Drop established Strausbaugh as a favorite on American and British radio and television talk shows.

Strausbaugh's next book (Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture, 2006), explores race relations in popular culture, including the pervasive and long-lasting impact of black-face performance in rock and roll, hip-hop, advertising, “gangsta-lit” and contemporary Hollywood film-making. The book firmly established Strausbaugh as a writer of erudite, engaging and penetrating social commentary. His vivid writing style and candid treatment of controversial subject matter are exemplified in Sissy Nation: How America Became a Culture of Wimps & Stoopits, which will be released on February 5th, 2008.

Strausbaugh is a regular contributor to The New York Times and is host of the New York Times “Weekend Explorer,” video podcast series. See some of the latest episodes:

“Weekend Explorer” John Strausbaugh is On the Trail of Brooklyn's Underground Railway


Strausbaugh has also written for the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, Forbes Magazine, NPR and PBS.

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