Zbigniew Brzezinski’s “political awakening” is alive and well in rock & roll, thanks to Los Angeles artist John Dissed, who after years of various collaborations with vocalists began singing and recording his own songs in the fall of 2007. Dissed spent the latter half of the ‘00s performing on guitar throughout the Southwest with Los Angeles female-fronted punks, Bull Lee. When the outfit began to show signs of cracking up, he sought a more sustainable alternative.
American University is John’s second full-length solo album. Released in 2018 via the independent Bull Lee Records label, its classic roots are given a modern, cutting-edge treatment by Eric “Mixerman” Sarafin (The Pharcyde, Ben Harper, Foreigner, Hillary Duff, Amy Grant).