August 10, 2017 - The first 33-1/3 Japan book, Supercell ft. Hatsune Miku by Keisuke Yamada, has been published by Bloomsbury Publishing. Congratulations to Keisuke, and many thanks to the people at Bloomsbury.

July 11, 2017 - My interview with Spex: Magazin für Popkultur, a pop culture magazine in Berlin, is published in issue number 375 (July/August 2017), titled “Schwerpunkt: Wut & Widerstand: Anger Is an Energy,” by Dennis Pohl. The full online version is at The German excerpt can be seen here.

January 19, 2017 - I am honored and delighted that The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima has received the 2017 John Whitney Hall Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. The prize will be presented at the AAS conference in March.

December 21, 2016 - Wesley Sasaki-Uemura has reviewed The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima in Japanese Studies. It can be accessed at

November 12, 2016 - I am honored that The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima received an Honorable Mention for the Alan Merriam Prize, given to the best ethnomusicology monograph, from the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2016. Thirty-four monographs were considered for the prize.

October 4, 2016 - Temple News has published an article about my course on Japanese popular music.

August 1, 2016 - My article on the recent Upper House election in Japan, campaign discourse, media coverage, constitutional revision, and freedom of speech is published in the Asia-Pacific Journal.

July 2016 - My interview with Carla Nappi of the New Books Network: East Asian Studies in regards to The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music in Fukushima can be found here.

Other reviews and interviews about the book can be found here.

My talk at ICAS, Temple University Japan, on my book can be found here.

April 20, 2016 - My co-editor, Eric Drott, and I have received the contract from Oxford University Press for The Oxford Handbook of Protest Music.

March 16, 2016 - My blog post on the legacy of post-3.11 protest music has been posted to the OUP blog.

March 11, 2016 - I am the Series Editor for the new 33-1/3 Japan Series at Bloomsbury Publishing. Our first three books will be Perfume's GAME by Patrick St. Michel, Supercell (Hatsune Miku) by Keisuke Yamada, and Yoko Kanno's Cowboy Bebop by Rose Bridges. Many thanks to the authors, the editors at Bloomsbury Publishing, and the board of 33-1/3 Japan: Marié Abe, Michael Bourdaghs, Shelley Brunt, Kevin Fellesz, Akitsugu Kawamoto, Yoshitaka Mōri, Dexter Thomas, and Christine Yano. To submit a proposal, please fill out this form and send it to the email address at the bottom-right corner of my home page.

January 2016 - I have started as Associate Professor of Music Studies at Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University.

November 2, 2015 - Advance copies of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima have arrived!

October 12, 2015 - My book, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima, is now available for order on the Oxford University Press and Amazon websites.

May 7, 2015 - I will be presenting the paper, "Playing through Space: Analyzing Urban Space, Soundscape, and Performance in Japanese Street Demonstrations," at the AMS Popular Music Study Group at the AMS Conference in November 2015.

Apr 14, 2015 - Yay, SMT! I am honored and delighted to serve on Program Committee for the Annual Conference of the Society for Music Theory in 2016. In addition, I am delighted and honored to receive a subvention grant from SMT for my monograph, The Revolution Remixed: A Typology of Intertextuality in Protest Music.

April 6, 2015 - I will be presenting my paper, "Typologies of Intertextuality in Recent Social Movements," at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory in October 2015.

Mar 13, 2015 - Sound American, an online journal of contemporary music, has interviewed me for its eleventh issue, on music and ritual. I speak about the festive quality of some Japanese antinuclear protests and the changes in musical style in protests, in line with the stage of the antinuclear movement. The interviewer is Nathan Wooley. The interview can be accessed here:

Feb 16, 2015 - The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop (ed. Justin Williams) is now available on Kindle; it will be out in paperback and hardback in April 2015. The book contains chapters on the culture and analysis of hip-hop, as well as case studies. I contributed a chapter on Japanese hip-hop.

Feb 12, 2015 - I got to participate in a very interesting conversation with creative musician Vijay Iyer about art and activism. Many thanks to Lekha Kanchinadam and Divya Farias for organizing.

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As of January 2015, I am a Research Associate in the Department of Music at SOAS. I look forward to being part of the SOAS community in my upcoming trips to London.

Jan 2015 - My monograph, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Music and the Antinuclear Movement in Japan Post-Fukushima Daiichi, won the Barr Ferree Foundation Fund Award. Thanks to this award and a subvention from the Society for Ethnomusicology, Oxford University Press is pricing the book at an affordable $27.

Dec 3, 2014 - The Princeton Undergraduate Admissions Office has uploaded my profile, written by Gerald Cohen, on its website.

Nov 26, 2014 - I have been appointed Contributing Editor to The Asia-Pacific Journal.

Nov 14, 2014 - I won the Waterman Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology, Popular Music Section, for my article, "Music in Japanese Antinuclear Demonstrations: The Evolution of a Contentious Performance Model." The prize committee cited the richness of ethnographic data presented to reach theoretical conclusions.

Nov 2014 - The full manuscript of the monograph, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Music and the Antinuclear Movement in Japan Post-Fukushima Daiichi, has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press, for anticipated publication in summer 2015.

The reviewer wrote:

"This manuscript makes an original and important contribution to our understanding of the fluid and complex ways that music has been used in the widespread political demonstrations seen in Japan since the disasters of 3.11. . . Manabe by focusing on the sonic aspects of the demonstrations finds a unique and important angle onto this issue, one not replicated elsewhere. . . The strength of this book lies in its detailed ethnographic and musical analysis of the ways various musicians have participated (or declined to participate) in the antinuclear movement. Her participant-observer accounts of a large number of actual demonstrations bring real vividness to her writing. . . She also accounts well for the different philosophies and tactical views that different actors hold on the proper role of music in protest. . . a clear picture of the scope and range of musical practice in today’s Japanese political street culture."

In a letter confirming acceptance of the manuscript, Oxford University Press wrote that Manabe's "work is truly exceptional," and that the book "will be an essential addition to Oxford's list."