My article ‘Brilliant Disguises: Persona, Autobiography and the Magic of Retrospection in Bruce Springsteen’s Late Career’ has been published in the new issue of the open access journal Persona Studies, a themed issue on 'Music and Persona' edited by Charles Fairchild and David Marshall. Abstract Popular musicians with long careers provide rich source material for… Continue reading New publication on Bruce Springsteen’s recent autobiographical projects
I will be participating in a panel with Emily Baker, Ian Biddle and Freya Jarman at the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle. Our panel is on Sunday 17 April and my paper is entitled 'A Blank Space Where You Write Your Name: Taylor Swift’s Early Late Voice'. Abstract below. Taylor Swift’s songs invite listeners to… Continue reading Upcoming presentation: ‘A Blank Space Where You Write Your Name’
A piece I wrote for The Conversation on the anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death and more generally on the politics of authenticity.
The other day I wrote a piece for The Conversation about the Japanese composer Mamoru Samuragochi, who, it was revealed last week, has been paying a ghost writer to compose his work for nearly two decades. The story gained greater shock value for the fact that Samuragochi had also been exaggerating the deafness that had… Continue reading Hearing Is Believing
The Polish journalist Mariusz Herma has written to tell me that our email conversation about popular music and authenticity has contributed towards a piece he wrote for an end-of-year summary in Polityka (in Polish). He has also translated our whole exchange into Polish on his blog. Unfortunately, my language skills aren't up to comprehending the… Continue reading Popular music and the politics of authenticity