Joseph G. Schloss is Assistant Professor of Music at New York University. He is the author of Foundation: B-boys, B-girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York (Oxford University Press, 2009) and of Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop (Wesleyan University Press), which won the 2005 Book Award from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.
Larry Starr is Professor of Music at the University of Washington. He is a respected scholar on the music of Ives, Gershwin, and Copland, as well as on popular music.
Christopher Waterman is Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. An anthropologist specializing in the music of Africa and the Americas, he is also a bassist who has performed professionally in a wide variety of popular genres.