Durrell Bowman is a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Public Music Historian, and Ph.D. in Musicology. His books are: Experiencing Peter Gabriel: A Listener’s Companion (2016), Experiencing Rush: A Listener’s Companion (2014), Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United (co-editor and three chapters, 2011), and an in-progress manuscript called “Be Sharp: The Simpsons and Music.” He has also contributed music encyclopedia reference entries, music festival program notes, book chapters, scholarly media and book reviews, and academic journal articles. In addition, he has presented conference papers and invited talks, and several radio program hosts have interviewed him.
After degrees in Waterloo and Toronto, Dr. Bowman earned his Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He worked for eight years as a part-time adjunct or visiting instructor, developing and teaching 31 sections of 22 different university courses at seven institutions. In addition to his work on music and his activities as a musician and choral singer, he has also studied and worked in Information Technology. As an IT consultant, he programmed the American Musicological Society’s Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology web database, prepared media-enriched/web-based program notes for the Bowdoin International Music Festival, independently created music history & culture websites and related instructional videos, and developed several additional websites. In 2016-18, he completed his MLIS at Western University, including an eight-month co-op work term as a library technician and cataloguer for the Parks Canada National Library.