Jack Hamilton

About Jack

Jack Hamilton is assistant professor of American Studies and Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He is a cultural historian who studies sound, media, and popular culture, and his other areas of interest include film, sports, television, and journalism. His first book, Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination (Harvard UP, 2016), received Honorable Mention for the Woody Guthrie Award (Outstanding Book) from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. In 2017 PopMatters named Just around Midnight one of the “10 Conversation-Shifting Books about Music” of the past ten years.  Since 2013 he has also been the pop critic for Slate magazinewhere he writes about music, sports, and other areas of culture, and in 2016 he hosted the Slate podcast series “Pop, Race, and the ‘60s”. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, NPR, ESPN, Transition, L.A. Review of Books, and many other venues.

Jimi Hendrix performs “All Along the Watchtower” (1968) Jimi Hendrix performs the Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock (August 1969) Guided Primary Source Discussion Questions 1) Here is a link to the lyrics to “All Along the Watchtower.”  What elements of the language and imagery do you think evoke the danger and uncertainty of war? And what… MORE