Michael Drewett is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Rhodes University, South Africa. He is co-editor (with Martin Cloonan) of Popular Music Censorship in Africa (Ashgate 2006) and (with Sarah Hill and Kimi Kärki) Peter Gabriel: From Genesis to Growing Up (Ashgate forthcoming) and is currently working on a book concerning popular music censorship in South Africa.
He produced the documentary film Stopping the Music (2002) about an instance of South African music censorship. He is a member of the Freemuse Advisory Board and until recently was a member of the executive of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. He is the Chairperson of the South African branch of IASPM and the co-ordinator of the Cutting Grooves Censorship of Popular Music in South Africa Archive.