This website accompanies Jonathan Pieslak's book, Sound Targets: American Soldiers and Music in the Iraq War (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2009).


Videos                              Interviews


Featuring interviews with Iraq War veterans, Pieslak investigates the place of music in the Iraq War and in contemporary American military culture in general. The book explores themes of power, chaos, violence, and survival in the metal and hip-hop music so popular among the troops, and offers insight into the daily lives of American soldiers in the Middle East.



Article in The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town”
Article in Semana (Columbia)
Article in Guardian UK, Brainfood
Article in Alias, the supplement to Il Manifesto (Italy)
Interview with the LA Times
Guest on the Mike Huckabee Show, Fox New Channel
Interview with CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Host/Moderator for "Music and the Iraq War," part of the Concerts & Conversations Series at the CUNY Graduate Center, February 24, 2010. To watch the program, click here
"Songs for Soldiers"
Featured in Broadway to Vegas
Interviewed for the documentary Metal Evolution, to air on VH1, CTV in Canada and internationally
BBC, Radio 4 Today Programme
July 20, 2009—Sound Targets reaches #1 in Amazon UK sales rank for Asian Studies
July 20, 2009—Guest on The Jay Thomas Show, Sirius/XM Radio
Featured on The Guardian UK Science Blog
Guest on WPR (Wisconsin Public Radio), “To the Best of Our Knowledge”
Broadcast to over 100 NPR affiliates in the US

Featured on the IAVA Daily News Brief
Interview with Sun Media (Canada), Thane Burnett
Guest on Austrian Public Radio
Featured on Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
Featured in the London Review of Books
Guest on CUNY Radio, NYC 90.3 FM
September 18, 2009—Sound Targets book signing at Barnes & Noble, Wilmington, DE.
Reviewed in Choice Reviews Online
Article in the NY Post
July 2, 2009—Sound Targets reaches #2 in sales rank for Middle East History & Criticism
Guest on WNYC’s “Soundcheck”
Guest on NHPR, “Word of Mouth”
Featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education
Featured on Alex Ross’s The Rest is Just Noise
Featured on the Davidson College website
Sound Targets articles in:

Sound Targets reveals just how pervasively popular music has shaped contemporary U.S. military culture. . . . This thoughtful and provocative study will certainly attract a wide audience concerned with music's roles in the time of war.” —W. Anthony Sheppard, author of Revealing Masks: Exotic Influences and Ritualized Performance in Modernist Music Theater
Sound Targets was recently featured in two pieces by the Brasilian news outlet, Globo.
Article 1
Article 2
Excerpts from Sound Targets have been presented at the following institutions and conferences: Harvard University (Fall 2009), German-American Frontiers of the Humanities (GAFOH), California State University, Stanislaus, Christopher Newport University, Davidson College, Stonehill College, University of Michigan, The Experience Music Project, Davidson College, The Society for Ethnomusicology.



I gladly welcome any responses, comments, or questions. Contact:
Special thanks to Brian Pieslak for constructing the website