This is the first issue of our thirtieth year publishing the Journal of Popular Music Studies and it marks a new proverbial chapter for us. We have a new publisher—University of California Press—and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them. JPMS, like the field of popular music studies itself, has changed dramatically over the past three decades, and we feel this new partnership marks a new era for where the journal can and will head.

In that sense, Issue 30.1-2 is a soft relaunch. It’s not a dramatic shift—though we are quite fond of our new cover design—but as you’ll see in our...

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