Saint Michael's College

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. William Ellis of Saint Michael’s College reveals the connection between American rock and roll pioneer Sam Phillips and the roots of reggae.

William Ellis is an assistant professor of fine arts at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, where he specializes in traditional and popular music of the American South including blues, gospel, soul, and early rock & roll. He plays guitar professionally and is also preparing his dissertation on Reverend Gary Davis for publication.He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis.