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Nightshift: Exploring Oxford’s Music Magazine

Posted: March 14th, 2018 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

The Oxford Brookes Popular Music Research Unit (PMRU) presents:

Nightshift: Exploring Oxford’s Music Magazine

Richard Hamilton Building, Headington Hill site
Oxford Brookes University
Tuesday 27 March 2018, 9.45am – 4.00pm

Oxford’s local music magazine, Nightshift, will be the subject of a full day of discussion at Brookes University on Tuesday 27 March, hosted by the Popular Music Research Unit.

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There’s a song to be sung:  critical reflections on the music and influence of Johnny Clegg

Posted: March 13th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for chapters

Proposal submission: 30 April 2018
Full chapters due: 31 January 2019


As Johnny Clegg closes a chapter on his music career with his ‘The final journey’ concert tour (2017-2018), it is an appropriate and long overdue moment to reflect analytically on his musical career.
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Blackpool in the moving image and popular music

Posted: March 13th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for Chapter Proposals

We would like to invite contributions for an upcoming edited collection exploring the historical and contemporary presence of Blackpool in popular music and the moving image.

“Whilst something of a ‘late developer’ as a tourist location, Blackpool’s geographical proximity to the densely populated industrial centres of Northern England coupled with the nineteenth century growth of the railway network dovetailing with increased working-class spending power led to Blackpool becoming the world’s first – and largest – working-class seaside resort.  By the end of the nineteenth century, with its three piers, a tower, as well as the country’s first electric tramway amongst other initiatives, Blackpool was hosting four million visitors a year and is pre-eminence amongst British seaside resorts catering for a working-class demographic was firmly established.

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Special Issue of Rock Music Studies: The Beach Boys

Posted: March 8th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Guest-edited by Erica K. Argyropoulos, Northeastern State University

“…The Beach Boys weren’t just a fun 1960s surf band…Once you’ve absorbed [Pet Sounds], you find yourself going back through songs like “Don’t Worry Baby,” “The Warmth of the Sun,” and “I Get Around,” finding a deeper brilliance where you once only heard pop craftsmanship.” – Mark Richardson, Executive Editor, Pitchfork

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“Groove the City” – Urban Music Policies between Informal Networks and Institutional Governance

Posted: March 7th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

International symposium of the Urban Music Studies Scholars Network in collaboration with the Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
Date:     November 23, 24 and 25, 2018
Place:    Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Contact: Leuphana Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization ISCO
[email protected]

With their social, material and cultural resources, cities have been and still are a precondition for the emergence and flourishing of music scenes; they are central turning points of the production, distribution and consumption of acoustic capital. The close connection between music and the city has been illustrated by genre terms such as Viennese Waltz, New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Blues and Liverpool Sound or trademarks such as London Symphony, Salzburg Festival or Hamburg State Opera. They point out to municipalities where an orchestra, a school or a group is situated, the town where particular events take place, or specific urban conditions from which specific musical genres originate. The relationship between the two, city and music, is dynamic and reciprocal. Music is a central part of urban culture; it forms communities and acts as a symbolic resource, contributing to the self-awareness of its inhabitants as being “urban” and in some cases even to the cultural identity of the city itself. And the “urban” is a central part of music; music mines and scoops urban particularities, and musical compositions are shaped by the urban settings they have been created in.

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