Nicholas Tochka is an ethnographer and historian of music-making in Eastern Europe and the Americas. Since 2017 he has taught at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne, where he is currently Head of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. His first book is Audible States: Socialist politics and popular music in Albania (Oxford University Press, 2016); his academic and popular writing has appeared in Ethnomusicology, Slavic Review, Popular Music, Feminist Review, The Conversation, and VAN. He is currently completing a monograph on rock ’n’ roll and the politics of liberalism in the Cold War United States. He plays bass, guitar, and a bit of ukulele.