I was born in 1943. I have degrees from Oberlin College (A.B. in music), and the University of Michigan (M.Mus. in piano). As a young man I was active in anti-war organizing and other progressive causes in Boston.  I then studied ethnomusicology at Indiana University (M.A. & Ph.D. in anthropology).  I have held appointments at Elizabeth City State and Oberlin Colleges, Boston, Brown, Clemson, &Tufts Universities, and U-Mass/Boston. A onetime disciple of the late Alan Merriam, I was the first scholar to conduct an ethnographic-anthropological study of western art music (Music, Talent, and Performance: A Conservatory Cultural System, [1988, Temple University Press]).