T. Corey Brennan

T. Corey Brennan
Birth name Terry Corey Brennan
Also known as Corey Loog Brennan
Born (1959-11-24) November 24, 1959
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Professor, guitarist, songwriter
Associated acts The Lemonheads, Loog

Terry Corey Brennan (born November 24, 1959) is an associate professor of Classics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, (USA). Under the stage name Corey "Loog" Brennan he was a guitarist and songwriter involved with several bands, including Boston-based bands Bullet LaVolta band and The Lemonheads, and the Rome, Italy-based Superfetazione.


He was born in 1959 to Terry F. and Colonel David N. Brennan. He married Antonia Catherine Fried, daughter of Charles and Anne Fried, on 5 January 1991.[1]

Brennan was graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, he continued to earn a Master of Arts (A.M.) from the University of Oxford and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Harvard University in 1990.

Alongside his career as an academic, he has also pursued a parallel career as a musician with several bands, playing with the Italian band Superfetazione while at the American Academy in Rome, and Bullet LaVolta while at Harvard. Brennan also worked as a disc jockey at WHRB, the Harvard radio station, where he met Evan Dando of The Lemonheads. Brennan, known in those days as "Corey Loog Brennan", toured with The Lemonheads, opening their shows with his own band, Bullet LaVolta and soon after joined the Lemonheads in 1988. A highly accomplished guitar soloist, he continued touring with them until 1991. During this period, Brennan co-wrote the tracks Li'l Seed, Cazzo Di Ferro and the epic (The) Door. The latter track formed part of the band's sole session for John Peel's radio show, and on this track Brennan assumed lead vocal duties. The performance led Peel to remark "that's the closest we've come to guitar hero stuff in quite a season".

He assembled a band under the name Loog for a solitary album, Meltdown House, which was released in 1995 on Holland-based Survival Records. Contributors included Clay Tarver and Chris Guttmacher (both ex-Bullet LaVolta), Chris Brokaw (ex-Come and Codeine), Dana Everson, Alexis Jimmy Vira and Imke Wagener (ex-Satellite City and latterly a graphic designer)

He was on the faculty of Bryn Mawr College from 1990 to 2000, until joining the faculty at Rutgers in 2000.

Brennan is the editor of the American Journal of Ancient History. As a scholar of Roman and Greek history, Brennan has appeared on several documentaries and television programs, including ones for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, and National Geographic.

He also has been working as a disc jockey focusing on funk, soulful house and salsa music under the name DJ Korenelius.[2]

From July 2009 – 2012 T. Corey Brennan served a three-year term as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge of the School of Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome. He currently lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife and their three children.



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  1. "Ms. Fried Weds Corey Brennan" in New York Times, 6 January 1991, accessed 22 October 2006.
  2. Corey Loog Brennan interview at evandando.co.uk accessed 22 October 2006.
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