Introduction to the Special Issue on Crises at Work: Potentials for Change?


  • Jan Peter Herbst University of Huddersfield
  • Michael Ahlers Leuphana University of Lüneburg


Editorial Introduction to Special Issue on Crises at Work

Author Biography

Jan Peter Herbst, University of Huddersfield

Jan Herbst is a popular music scholar, musicologist, music producer and guitar player. He is Senior Lecturer in Music Production and Director of the Popular Music Studies Research Group in the School of Music, Humanities and Media, University of Huddersfield. His current research projects focus on the electric guitar and the special role of distortion, metal music in and from Germany (Teutonic metal) and the so-called ‘Gear Acquisition Syndrome’ (GAS), a common phenomenon amongst musicians spending more time fussing with equipment than actually playing it. Jan completed a PhD in Popular Music with the thesis ‘Network Sound – An Educational Challenge of Popular Music’ [translation]. He further holds an MA in Popular Music and Media, an MEd in Music and English, a PGCHE in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, and diplomas in Guitar Performance. He has taught – and is still teaching as visiting scholar – popular music studies, music production, music analysis, empirical musicology, music history and music theory at the universities of Paderborn, Bielefeld, Lueneburg, Muenster (Germany) and Berne (Switzerland). Jan is a member of the executive board of IASPM UK & I where he serves as Treasurer. He is also member of the German-speaking branch IASPM D-A-CH.


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