The Pop History Dig is a content-rich destination website dedicated to public education on the history, politics, and business of popular culture, media, and entertainment. The site covers topics ranging from celebrity advertising and film history to presidential politics, television history, sports biography, and more.
One of the site’s topical areas includes the history and cultural impact of popular music, dating from the 1930s to the present day. Stories at the site cover various pop music-related topics, including: artist and band biography; song histories and song meanings; the use of music in advertising, film & politics; the popularity and business success of particular artists; message & protest music; music & television; and more. Here is a sampling of stories currently posted:
"Elvis on The Road, 1955-1956" (the travels, concerts & music of early Elvis Presley), Pop HistoryDig.com, February 11, 2008.
“Bandstand Performers, 1957” (American Bandstand TV dance show w/Dick Clark), PopHistory Dig .com, August 13, 2010.
“Be My Baby,1960s-2010” (The Ronettes & Phil Spector, music history), PopHistoryDig.com, January 18, 2010.
“Beatles in America, 1963-1964”( Beatles’ history & impact, first year in the U.S.), PopHistory Dig.com, September 20, 2009.
“Early Beach Boys, 1962-1966,” (group biography, music history), PopHistoryDig.com, June 14, 2010.
“Stones Gather Dollars, 1989-2008”(Rolling Stones business history), PopHistoryDig.com, December 3, 2008.
Pop History Dig stories currently appear on the first & second Google search-results pages, given relevant queries. In recent months the site has attracted visitors from more than 6,500 cities in at least 150 countries, including social historians, media analysts, and academic researchers who find it a credible and useful source on the history and power of contemporary culture.
The site is currently free & open to all users, but improved financial support is needed to keep it that way. As owner/author of the site, I am open to possible academic and/or institute-type affiliations or related research/teaching opportunities that might be found at colleges, universities, foundations, media & news organizations, or other venues. I am also seeking financial and technical assistance to help broaden the site’s base and improve its advertising elements. I also offer a research and contract writing service. If you have any suggestions, can offer assistance, or know of persons or organizations that can help, please contact me at the e-mail address or phone number below. Thank you.
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