I will be presenting a paper at the IASPM Australia New Zealand Branch Conference at the Australian National University, Canberra, on 5 December. My paper is entitled '"All You See Is Glory": The Burden of Stardom and the Tragedy of Nina Simone' and the abstract is below. Although most often remembered as an icon of… Continue reading Upcoming presentation: ‘All You See Is Glory’: The Burden of Stardom and the Tragedy of Nina Simone
This week sees the publication of my third book, The Late Voice: Time, Age and Experience in Popular Music. The book is being published by Bloomsbury Academic initially in a hardback edition. A cheaper paperback edition will be published at a later date. From the book's blurb: "Popular music artists, as performers in the public… Continue reading New book: The Late Voice
My essay 'Across the Evening Sky: The Late Voices of Sandy Denny, Judy Collins and Nina Simone' has been published in the book Gender, Age and Musical Creativity, edited by Catherine Haworth and Lisa Colton (Ashgate, 2015). ABSTRACT: This chapter explores the work of three female musicians – Sandy Denny, Judy Collins and Nina Simone… Continue reading New publication: “Across the Evening Sky”: The Late Voices of Sandy Denny, Judy Collins and Nina Simone
'Won't You Spare Me Over Til Another Year?: Age, Death and Deferral in Old-Time Music'I'll be presenting current work as part of the Research in Progress series at the School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex, on Wednesday 26 February at 4pm. Details here. In this talk I'll present material from the book… Continue reading Upcoming talk: Won’t You Spare Me Over Til Another Year?
the need for reflection, for making sense of our transient condition, is time's paradoxical gift to us, and possibly the best consolation for its ultimate power Eva Hoffman, Time (Profile, 2011), p. 11
I wish I had a heart like this. I wish I had that heart making circle after circle as when, in childhood, I sent stones skipping over the water, skipping over. The rest of your life is headed your way! Ko Un, 'At Eunpa Reservoir' (First Person Sorrowful)
I'll be presenting my paper 'Across the Evening Sky: Real and Anticipated Experience in Nina Simone's Late Voice' at the School of Media, Film and Music Research in Progress seminar, University of Sussex, on 13 February at 4pm. I gave a previous version of this paper at the University of Huddersfield's 'Gender, Musical Creativity and… Continue reading Upcoming talk: Across the Evening Sky