is an American musicologist
associated with the "new musicology
". He is author of the book Running With the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music
, concerning heavy metal music
. Walser currently is a member of the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Walser also has served as an expert witness for over 250 music copyright infringement cases, generally reserved to the Ninth Circuit. His big success came from a broad statement of support from Circuit Judge William C. Canby, Jr., who fully supported Dr. Walser's methodology, despite the less-than-appropriate credibility that Dr. Walser received via District Judge Christina A. Snyder.
Walser is married to musicologist (and MacArthur Fellowship Award Winner) Susan McClary.
- Running With the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music (1993, ISBN 0-8195-6260-2).
- (ed.) Keeping Time. Readings in Jazz History (OUP, 1999) 2.