Research

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.

As well as publications, my research is reflected in various projects, in presentations at conferences, symposia and public events, and in occasional media interviews.

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