Matthew A. Donahue is an educator, musician, music librarian/archivist, visual artist, writer, film-maker and producer.
Matthew A. Donahue holds a Masters and PhD in American Culture Studies with an emphasis in popular culture, popular music, mass media studies, and visual culture from Bowling Green State University. He also holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Kent State University with an emphasis on popular culture and popular music materials. He has served as an educator of students at the college, high school, and junior high level, as well as for special needs children and inner city youth. He currently teaches for the prestigious Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. As a music librarian/archivist Dr. Donahue worked on numerous sound recording reissue projects for Time-Life and the Smithsonian Institution. He has lectured at conferences on culture and creativity throughout the United States and Canada, and has served as a media consultant for the National Endowment of the Humanities and as a project scholar for the America’s Music series sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Tribeca Film Institute.
Playing with musical groups at clubs since the age of 14, Donahue has worked in the field of music ever since and has stayed contemporary and ahead of his time with each music project. In the 1980s he was a vocalist for the punk funk super group the Great Bar B-Que Gods. In the early 1990s he was a vocalist for the NWOBHM inspired group Head and by the mid 1990s and early 2000s as a vocalist, musician and co-producer with the music and art collective Universe Crew. Universe Crew has released recordings worldwide through Adrian Sherwood's/Pete Holdsworth's infamous On-U Sound/Green Tea records from London, England, and are available for purchase. Donahue's latest music project is a combination of punk/rock/metal called MAD 45. MAD 45 have two albums our currently, the first is self titled, "MAD 45" and the second is titled "So Goes the Nation." In relation to the MAD 45 project, there are four DVDs available including "The Forty Five Dollar Videos," "So Goes the Nation-The Videos" "MAD 45: Live at the Black Swamp Festival," and “MAD 45: Broken Fingers Bootleg.”
In the visual arts field he is a self-taught artist and works with two and three-dimensional collage, street photography, art cars and outsider art. He has exhibited his work in galleries, art festivals and museums nationally and internationally. He also has served as an instructor of art workshops in the United States, Scotland and Singapore.
His writings on popular music and popular culture have been published in numerous magazines and journals. In 1999/2000 he published his first book on the nationally known blues club, the Hines Farm Blues Club, entitled, "I'll Take You There: An Oral and Photographic History of the Hines Farm Blues Club." This book went on to receive the Best Blues Book Of The Year Award From Real Blues Magazine, and has been critically acclaimed nationally and internationally. His second book is titled "Taking It to the Streets: An Art Car Experience" and features 25 postcards of Donahue's photographs of his art cars. In addition he has served as a writer and editor of poetry chap-books as well as a contributor to books related to popular culture and visual culture.