David grew grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia. Then went to Virginia Tech, where he received a BA and MA in Political Science. After deciding political science isn't political enough, David left southwestern Virginia for the DC suburbs to earn a PhD in Cultural Studies at George Mason University.
As a gigging drummer, David became interested in the livelihoods of musicians. His research is at the intersection of music, culture, and technology. David’s newest book is Streaming Culture: Subscription Platforms and the Unending Consumption, which explores the changing nature of capitalism in a society that places subscriptions above material commodities. Hi book Getting Signed: Record Contracts, Musicians and Power in Society explores the way musicians’ dreams become their source of exploitation. David is author of iTake-Over: The Recording Industry in the Streaming Era and co-editor of The Dialectic of Digital Culture. His research has appeared in Critical Sociology, Popular Music & Society, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Popular Communication, Media Fields Journal, and Civilisations. He also serves as Editor of Fast Capitalism.
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