Recent presentations

Below are two videos of presentations I gave at online conferences in 2020. The first is my paper for the IASPM UK & Ireland biennial conference. The second is a keynote presentation for the conference Urban Nostalgia: The Musical City in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Texts of these and other papers are available via… Continue reading Recent presentations

New publication on Bruce Springsteen’s recent autobiographical projects

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

Upcoming Presentation: ‘Navigating Bruce Springsteen’s sonic persona in the Born to Run audiobook’

I'll be presenting new work on Bruce Springsteen's audiobook Born to Run at the inaugural International Persona Studies Conference, which takes place at Newcastle University on the 25th and 26th of June. This work relates to an article I've written on Born to Run (the book and audiobook) and Springsteen on Broadway, due to be… Continue reading Upcoming Presentation: ‘Navigating Bruce Springsteen’s sonic persona in the Born to Run audiobook’

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

Upcoming Presentation: ‘From Sound Objects to Song Objects: Rethinking Sonic Materiality and Metaphor’

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… Continue reading Upcoming Presentation: ‘From Sound Objects to Song Objects: Rethinking Sonic Materiality and Metaphor’

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