Matthew A. Donahue is a filmmaker, musician, artist, writer and Teaching Professor for the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Matthew A. Donahue holds a Masters and PhD in American Culture Studies with an emphasis in popular 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 is a Teaching Professor 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, Canada, India and Ireland. He 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. Additionally, he has served as a judge for numerous documentary categories for Regional Emmys for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has been sought after as an expert on topics related to popular culture in numerous newspapers and magazines worldwide.
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 MAD 45 features him playing a variety of genres, more recently working with music icon Skip “Little Axe” McDonald.
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 chapbooks as well as a contributor to books related to popular culture and visual culture.
With the success of his book on the Hines Farm Blues Club, Matthew A. Donahue worked with PBS to create a documentary film based upon his research titled The Hines Farm Blues Club. For this project he served as co-producer, co-director, co-writer and music supervisor. The film aired nationally on PBS. He was recognized for his work on this project and received a Telly Award and the Crystal Award for Media Excellence, and was nominated for an Emmy by the National Television Academy. Similar to the Hines Farm Blues Club project, Donahue produced, directed and wrote a documentary on his experience with art cars as an accompaniment to his postcard book also titled, Taking It to the Streets: An Art Car Experience which was followed up with another art car related documentary on the making of his art car titled “Car Power” titled Car Power: Another Art Car Experience. He also produced, directed and wrote the documentary Motorhead Matters which highlights the history and cultural significance of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal group Motorhead from a fan's perspective. For this documentary he was the SPV Records Grand Prize Winner of the Motorhead Super Fan Contest of North America. His film The Amsterdam T-Shirt Project highlights the souvenir t-shirt culture of the souvenir capitol of the world Amsterdam, Netherlands. This documentary was nominated in the best documentary category of the Travel Video Awards/Alliance. His latest documentary Skip “Little Axe” McDonald One Man-One Night…One Life in Music, highlights the life and music of music legend and icon Skip “Little Axe” McDonald.
His creative pursuits continue and continue on and on and more information on Dr. Donahue can be found at www.md1210.com.