New book: The Late Voice

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

Upcoming presentation: ‘Excavating “Coimbra”: Genealogy, Nostalgia, and the Material Life of a Portuguese popular song’

I will be presenting a paper at the 18th biennial IASPM conference in Campinas, Brazil, on 30 June. My paper is entitled 'Excavating "Coimbra": Genealogy, Nostalgia, and the Material Life of a Portuguese popular song' and the abstract is below. This paper uses the story of a particular song, the Portuguese fado ‘Coimbra’, as a… Continue reading Upcoming presentation: ‘Excavating “Coimbra”: Genealogy, Nostalgia, and the Material Life of a Portuguese popular song’

New publication: “Across the Evening Sky”: The Late Voices of Sandy Denny, Judy Collins and Nina Simone

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

New publication: “Time and Distance Are No Object”: Holiday Records, Representation and the Nostalgia Gap

My article 'Time and Distance Are No Object: Holiday Records, Representation and the Nostalgia Gap' has been published in the French popular music journal Volume! in an issue devoted to popular music and nostalgia. ABSTRACT: Whether temporally or spatially focussed, nostalgia results from a division between what is longed for and the moment of longing.… Continue reading New publication: “Time and Distance Are No Object”: Holiday Records, Representation and the Nostalgia Gap

New publication: ‘You can’t just say “words”: Literature and Nonsense in the Work of Robert Wyatt’

My essay ‘You can't just say “words": Literature and Nonsense in the Work of Robert Wyatt' has been published in the collection Litpop: Writing and Popular Music, edited by Rachel Carroll and Adam Hansen (Ashgate, 2014). Throughout his musical career, British musician Robert Wyatt has explored the interaction of words, language, sound and sense. His… Continue reading New publication: ‘You can’t just say “words”: Literature and Nonsense in the Work of Robert Wyatt’

Upcoming presentation: ‘The Lure of Ephemera’

I will be presenting a paper at the upcoming conference One Century of Record Labels (Newcastle University, 6-7 November 2014). My paper is entitled 'The Lure of Ephemera: 'Record Labels as Visual and Textual Icons' and the abstract is below. While there is a growing body of work focussed on record labels, much of it… Continue reading Upcoming presentation: ‘The Lure of Ephemera’

Upcoming keynote lecture: ‘Familiar Futures, Strange Pasts’

I have been invited to deliver a keynote lecture at the thirteenth conference of SIBE (Sociedad de Etnomusicología), which is taking place in Cuenca, Spain from the 23rd to the 25th October. The title of my talk is 'Familiar Futures, Strange Pasts: Popular Music and the Art of Storytelling'. This lecture engages with aspects of… Continue reading Upcoming keynote lecture: ‘Familiar Futures, Strange Pasts’

Upcoming symposium: Singing Places

Friday 22 November, University of Sussex Organisers: Richard Elliott and Sally Jane Norman The interweaving of song and place as a resonant cultural identifier offers a richly interdisciplinary research focus. Music, sonic arts, cultural anthropology, and human geography feature amongst disciplines mobilised by this domain, which is also strongly invested by a range of creative… Continue reading Upcoming symposium: Singing Places

Upcoming talk: Listening to Europe

On 27 June, I'll be presenting a paper at the IASPM International Conference in Gijón. The title of my paper is 'Listening to Europe: "Continental Records" in Britain’. Abstract This paper examines the circulation of recordings from continental Europe in Britain prior to the Second World War, focussing on the broadcast and critical reception of… Continue reading Upcoming talk: Listening to Europe