Fifty years ago today, Nina Simone and her band performed at Westbury Music Fair in New York. Three days had passed since the murder of Martin Luther King and Simone used her concert to stage an act of collective mourning and outrage. Below is a re-post of a 2013 entry from my blog So Transported: […]Read more "Nina Simone’s tribute to Martin Luther King – fifty years ago today"
I’ll be presenting my current research at the Rethinking Sound conference in Seoul later this week. My current project explores the materiality of song and the relationship between songs and objects. As this is a sound studies conference, I’m using this paper to think about how my project intersects wtih the theories of Pierre Schaeffer […]Read more "Upcoming Presentation: ‘From Sound Objects to Song Objects: Rethinking Sonic Materiality and Metaphor’"
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a journalist who had seen that I’d written a book about Nina Simone and wanted to get some thoughts from me about Simone’s October 1969 live recording of ‘Ain’t Got No / I Got Life’, the one that ended up on the 1970 album Black Gold. I […]Read more "Nina Simone’s ‘Ain’t Got No / I Got Life’"
I’ll be launching my book The Sound of Nonsense at Blackwell’s in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 7 February. It’s free but needs booking via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/richard-elliott-the-sound-of-nonsense-tickets-42589627723.Read more "Book Launch"
Following the audio trailer I posted for my new book The Sound of Nonsense, I’ve now made a video trailer too. This uses different examples from the audio taster but with the same aim of bringing together sources from literature, sound poetry, nonsense writing and pop music.Read more "The Sight of the Sound of Nonsense"
My new book is called The Sound of Nonsense and it’s published by Bloomsbury Academic today. To mark the publication, I’m posting an illustrated version of the book’s introduction below. Introduction ‘Watch the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves’; so says the Duchess in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.[i] But can we be […]Read more "The Sound of Nonsense"
Here is an audio taster of my new book The Sound of Nonsense, published on 28 December.Read more "The Sound of The Sound of Nonsense"