The Sound of Nonsense (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). More

The Late Voice: Time, Age and Experience in Popular Music (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015). More

Nina Simone (Sheffield: Equinox, 2013). Series: ‘Icons of Popular Music’. More

Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City (Ashgate, 2010). More


‘Brilliant Disguises: Persona, Autobiography and the Magic of Retrospection in Bruce Springsteen’s Late Career’, Persona Studies 5/1 (2019): 17-32.

‘Sounding Out Popular Music History: A Musicological Approach’, in The Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage, edited by Sarah Baker, Catherine Strong, Lauren Istvandity and Zelmarie Cantillon (London: Routledge, 2018), 46-54.

Species of Sonic Spaces’. Literary Geographies 3/1 (2017): 69-86.

“Words Take the Place of Meaning”: Sound, Sense and Politics in the Music of Robert Wyatt’, in The Singer-Songwriter in Europe: Paradigms, Politics and Place, edited by Isabelle Marc and Stuart Green (London: Routledge, 2016), 51-64.

“My Tongue Gets t-t-t-”: Words, Sense and Vocal Presence in Van Morrison’s It’s Too Late to Stop Now’. Twentieth-Century Music 13/1 (2016): 53-76.

Words from the New World: Adventure and Memory in Patti Smith’s Late Voice’, in Patti Smith: Outside, edited by Claude Chastagner (Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2015), 113-35.

Across the Evening Sky: The Late Voices of Sandy Denny, Judy Collins and Nina Simone’, in Gender, Age and Musical Creativity, edited by Catherine Haworth and Lisa Colton (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), 141-53.

“Time and Distance Are No Object”: Holiday Records, Representation and the Nostalgia Gap’, Volume! 11/1 (2014): 131-43.

‘You can’t just say “words”: Literature and Nonsense in the Work of Robert Wyatt’, in Litpop: Writing and Popular Music, edited by Rachel Carroll and Adam Hansen (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), 49-62.

The Choreography of Longing: Songs, Screens and Space in Carlos Saura’s Fados’, Quaderns de Cine 9 (2014): 71-8.

So Transported: Nina Simone, “My Sweet Lord” and the (Un)folding of Affect’, in Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience, edited by Marie Thompson and Ian Biddle (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), 75-90.

Free, Confused and Lonely: On Age, Pop, Fashion and Incompatibility‘, Radical Musicology Volume 6 (2012-2013), PDF

Public Consciousness, Political Conscience and Memory in Latin American Nueva Canción’, in Music and Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological and Cultural Perspectives, edited by David Clarke and Eric Clarke (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 327-41.

The Same Distant Places: Bob Dylan’s Poetics of Place and Displacement’, Popular Music and Society 32/2 (2009): 249-70.

‘Popular Music and/as Event: Subjectivity, Love and Fidelity in the Aftermath of Rock ’n’ Roll’, Radical Musicology 3. (2008). More

‘Reconstructing the Event: Spectres of Terror in Chilean Performance’, British Postgraduate Musicology 8.

Unpublished Essays

‘The Testimonial Imperative: Reflections on Saer’s The Witness, written in late 2003 as an exercise in bringing together ideas arising from postcolonial theory and psychoanalysis as preparatory work for my doctoral thesis on loss, memory and nostalgia. PDF


‘Aging and Popular Music’, in Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging, edited by Danan Gu and Matthew E. Dupre (Cham: Springer, 2019). DOI:

‘Beatboxing’, in Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (New York: Bloomsbury, 2018).

I am the revising author for the following entries in Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World originally authored by Richard Middleton:

  • ‘Singing’ (revised 2018)
  • ‘Solo’ (revised 2018)
  • ‘Song’ (revised 2018)
  • ‘Songwriter’ (revised 2018)
  • ‘Vocalized Tone’ (revised 2018)
  • ‘Voice as Instrument’ (revised 2018)

Ronald Radano and Tejumola Olaniyan (eds), Audible Empire: Music, Global Politics, Critique (Duke University Press, 2016). Reviews in Cultural Theory 8/1 (2019): 17-22

Jocelyne Guilbault and Roy Cape, Roy Cape: A Life on the Calypso and Soca Bandstand (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014). Perfect Beat 17/2 (2016): 192-94]. Link

Lila Ellen Gray, Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013. Popular Music 34/2 (2015): 337-338. Link

Salwa Castelo-Branco (ed), Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal no Século XX (Lisbon: Temas e Debates/Circulo de Leitores, 2010). Popular Music 33/1 (2014): 161-164. PDF

Keith Negus, Bob Dylan (London: Equinox, 2008). Volume!, 9/1 (2012): 181-83.

Tony Tost, Johnny Cash’s American Recordings (New York: Continuum). Tiny Mix Tapes (1 July 2011).

Trevor Schoonmaker, The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010). PopMatters (15 April, 2011).

Edward Hollis, The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories (Picador, 2010). PopMatters (10 Mar 2011).

Viscount Lascano Tegui, On Elegance While Sleeping, translated by Idra Novey (Dalkey Archive, 2010). PopMatters (10 Feb 2011).

Leonard Brown (ed.), John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music (Oxford University Press, 2010). PopMatters (7 February 2011).

José Saramago, The Elephant’s Journey, translsated by Margaret Jull Costa (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010). PopMatters (28 November 2010).

Diane Pecknold, The Selling Sound: The Rise of the Country Music Industry (Durham: Duke University Press, 2008). Popular Music, 29/3 (2010): 506-509.

Brandon LaBelle, Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (Continuum, 2010). PopMatters (12 October, 2010).

Robert Friedel, A Culture of Improvement: Technology and the Western Millennium (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007). PopMatters (24 September, 2010).

Patrick Huber, Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South (U. of North Carolina Press, 2008). Popular Music 29/2 (2010): 320-22. DOI:

Gerald Raunig, A Thousand Machines: A Concise Philosophy of the Machine as Social Movement (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010). PopMatters (14 June, 2010).

Bill Minutaglio, In Search of the Blues: A Journey to the Soul of Black Texas (University of Texas Press, 2010), PopMatters (16 May 2010).

Rosalind E. Krauss, Perpetual Inventory (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010). PopMatters (29 April, 2010).

Richard E. Stamz with Patrick A. Roberts, Give ‘Em Soul, Richard!: Race, Radio, and Rhythm and Blues in Chicago (University of Illinois Press, 2010). PopMatters (21 April 2010).

Andrew Perchuk and Rani Singh (eds), Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular (Los Angeles: Getty, 2010). PopMatters (2 April).

Caleb Kelly, Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009). PopMatters (18 November, 2009).

Rob Kirkpatrick, The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen (Westport: Praeger, 2007) Popular Music, 27/2 (2008): 336-38.

Monte Dutton True to the Roots: Americana Music Revealed (Lincoln: U. of Nebraska, 2006). Popular Music, 27/1 (2008): 179-81.

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