Upcoming Presentation – From Quinta do Mocho to the World: Lisbon DJs and Border-Crossing Beats

I'll be giving a presentation based on my new book DJs do Guetto as part of the Music Research Forum series hosted by the International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) at Newcastle University. The talk is at 4pm (UK time) on 23 March and is a hybrid event, in-person at Newcastle University's Culture Lab and… Continue reading Upcoming Presentation – From Quinta do Mocho to the World: Lisbon DJs and Border-Crossing Beats

Video of 33 1/3 Europe book launch

I took part in an online book launch for my new book DJs do Guetto and two other titles in the 33 1/3 Europe series on Thursday 2 March 2022. A video of the event is available below. It starts with an introduction by the series editor Fabian Holt, followed by presentations on Czeslaw Niemen’s… Continue reading Video of 33 1/3 Europe book launch

New book – DJs do Guetto

My book DJs do Guetto has now been published by Bloomsbury Academic as part of the 33 1/3 Europe series. The book uses the 2006 compilation DJs do Guetto as a prism for exploring the aesthetics of the Lisbon-based electronic dance music (EDM) known as batida from its roots in Lusophone Africa, through its evolution… Continue reading New book – DJs do Guetto

New pubication on Aneka’s ‘Japanese Boy’

I've contributed a chapter to the book One-Hit Wonders: An Oblique History of Popular Music, edited by Sarah Hill and newly published by Bloomsbury Academic. My chapter is on Aneka's 1981 chart-topper 'Japanese Boy'. I discuss the song's chart history, give a little bit of biographical detail about the Scottish singer Mary Sandeman and her… Continue reading New pubication on Aneka’s ‘Japanese Boy’

Presentation on my forthcoming book DJs do Guetto

Here's a video of me and three other contributors to the 33 1/3 book series talking about our recent or forthcoming books for the 'Popular Music Books in Process' series. First up is Ginger Dellenbaugh speaking about her book on Maria Callas's album Lyric and Coloratura Arias (1954). Then I talk about my book on… Continue reading Presentation on my forthcoming book DJs do Guetto

New publication: Sounding Out Popular Music History

I've contributed a chapter to the newly published Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage, edited by Sarah Baker, Catherine Strong, Lauren Istvandity and Zelmarie Cantillon. My chapter is entitled 'Sounding Out Popular Music HIstory: A Musicological Approach'. SUMMARY: While the relationship between musicology and history has shifted considerably over time, the importance of… Continue reading New publication: Sounding Out Popular Music History

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… Continue reading The Sound of Nonsense