Steven Hamelman is Professor of English at Coastal Carolina University, where he teaches courses in American literature and literary theory. In addition to publishing articles on the early American novel in journals such as Studies in American Fiction and South Atlantic Review, his work on rock music has appeared in the journal Popular Music and Society and the collection The Resisting Muse: Popular Music and Social Protest (2006). His study But Is It Garbage? On Rock and Trash was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2004. Forthcoming work includes essays on the nineteenth-century sentimental novelist Maria Susanna Cummins and the Beatles.