Late Voice presents the work of Richard Elliott, a writer, teacher and cultural musicologist based in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). I am the author of the books Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City (Ashgate, 2010), Nina Simone (Equinox, 2013), The Late Voice: Time, Age and Experience in Popular Music (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015) and The Sound of Nonsense (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). I’ve also published articles and reviews on popular music, literature, consciousness, memory, nostalgia, place and space, affect, language and technology, details of which can be found on this site under ‘Writing‘.
I’m a Senior Lecturer in Music at the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University, where I specialise in courses related to popular music. Prior to this, I lived on the South Coast of England, where I taught courses on popular and classical music, contextual music studies, and music and media at the University of Sussex. I have also worked as a teacher of English for Academic Purposes, a journal editor and a reviewer of books and music.
My research interests are wide but predominantly connect to ways in which music reflects and produces time and space. I’ve long been fascinated by the roles played by loss, memory, nostalgia and revolution in popular music. My work in these areas is heavily influenced by theories of place and spatiality and I am particularly interested in the ways in which music creates or evokes ‘memory places’ that take on significance for individuals and communities. Just as important for me is the way that music soundtracks lives and histories and, to this end, I’ve explored about the representation of time, age and experience in popular song. In addition to Anglophone popular musics I’ve worked on Portuguese fado and Latin American nueva canción, reflecting interests developed during periods based in Portugal and Chile.
My other areas of specialisation include post-1950s popular music; African popular musics; North American country music and Americana; music and cultural theory, urban musicology, the poetics of song and the politics of authenticity. I have a background in a variety of disciplines, having gained a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative American Studies, a Master’s in Popular Culture and a PhD in Music.