Bachelor, Gothenburg University, Sweden, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy, Gothenburg University, Sweden, 1987.
Assistant professor Aalborg (Denmark) University, 1987—1991. Visiting research fellow University Oslo, Norway, 1992—1992. Research fellow Aalborg University, 1992—1994.
Associate professor Gothenburg (Sweden) University, 1994—2000, professor, since 2000. Member international advisory board Journal Popular Music, Cambridge, since 1994. Member musicological committee Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm, since 1997.
Member working committee Swedish Science Council, Stockholm, since 2000. Consultant Norwegian Research Council, Oslo, since 2001, European Science Foundation, since 2001.
Member of Swedish Society Musicology (board directors 1998), International Association for Study of Popular Music (chair Nordic branch 1991-1997).
Married Maj Wenche Elise Bengtsson. 1 child Susanna Andrea Diana.