Peter Jeffery is an American musicologist.


Jeffery graduated from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, and the Performing Arts, in New York City, and from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and from Princeton University with a Ph.D. in Music History in 1980.[citation needed]

He taught at Harvard University, the University of Delaware, and Princeton University, and was in 2014 a professor at the University of Notre Dame.[1]


On January 25, 1997, Jeffery took his 12-year-old son to a Smashing Pumpkins concert at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut. He initially planned to wait in a "parents room" but found it was in use by a warm-up act. He joined his son in the concert hall. It was the first rock concert he had attended. Although he wore ear plugs, at the close of the concert his left ear was ringing. He filed a lawsuit against the band, opening acts Fountains of Wayne and The Frogs, Virgin Records, the Coliseum, the city of New Haven, the ear-plug manufacturer, and the vendor he purchased the ear plugs from.[2][3][4]




  1. ^ "Peter Jeffery". Department of Music. University of Notre Dame. Archived from the original on 20 February 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  2. ^ Frankel, Daniel (5 March 1999). "Prof Sues Pumpkins for Smashing Ear Drums". E! Online. E! Entertainment Television.
  3. ^ Sherman, Bernard D. "Losing Your Ears to Music: The hearing loss epidemic and musicians". Inside Early Music: Bernard D. Sherman's Website. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Music professor sues band for hearing loss". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Vol. 99. 21 April 1999. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
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  6. ^ "Review - Peter Jeffery, the Secret Gospel of Mark Unveiled: Imagined Rituals of Sex, Death, and Madness in a Biblical Forgery reviewed by Robert M. Price".