Heather Augustyn

Heather Augustyn is a lecturer at Purdue University Northwest. She has authored seven books on Jamaican music history, including “Ska: An Oral History” with a foreword from Cedella Marley, and “Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World’s Greatest Trombonist” with a foreword from Delfeayo Marsalis, both published by McFarland Publishing. Two of her books have been optioned for feature film. She has established a collection of archival material including more than 150 interviews at the Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University. She has written for DownBeat, Wax Poetics and the Village Voice. She wrote the award-winning documentary “Pick It Up! Ska in the 90s” from PopMotion Pictures and has spoken on Jamaican music history throughout the world, including Jamaica, Vietnam and Spain. She is the proud mother of two boys, Sid, 19, and Frank, 16, and has been married for 25 years to the love of her life, Ron. They live in Northwest Indiana.