Welcome to The International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland Branch

Rhythm in Music since 1900

Posted: February 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Remembrances | No Comments »

17-18 November, 2019
University of Colorado Boulder

Submission deadline: 1 June 2019

   Keynote (lecture-recital): Pierre Laurent-Aimard, pianist

   Invited speakers (and projected topics):

  • Kyle Adams on rhythm in hip-hop
  • Brian Alegant on pedagogy of rhythm in recent repertories
  • Jeanne Bamberger on action and symbolic description
  • John Roeder on post-tonal canons

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Sonic Waves: Music and Sound Beyond Borders

Posted: February 8th, 2019 | Filed under: Remembrances | No Comments »

Date: 8 May, 2019 | Time: 10am – 5:30pm | Venue: Geoffrey Manton, Manchester Met

Evening Event: Expect Music And Sonic Sounds in one of Manchester’s underground music venues

Keynote Speaker – Dr Linda O Keeffe (Edinburgh School of Art)

We are a group of multidisciplinary researchers exploring the musical beats and sonic streets of Manchester and beyond. For this symposium we want to bring together academics, researchers, practitioners, students and community organisations interested in exploring how music, sound and the sonic can be used to transcend boundaries and move beyond borders. At a time of global uncertainties from climate change and conflict zones, to national and international political upheaval, we question if music and the sonic can narrate and negate these changes and shift our understanding of core and peripheral preoccupations. We encourage submissions along the following themes, covering popular music and sonic engagements:

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Dave Laing (1947-2019)

Posted: January 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Remembrances | No Comments »

In recognition of the status of Dave Laing as a founder of the field of popular music studies and a much respected and loved colleague, as witnessed by the outpouring of tributes across social media and elsewhere, we feel it appropriate on this sad occasion to open a dedicated page of remembrance.

Dave Laing

The following was originally published on Facebook by Dave Hesmondhalgh, and is reproduced here with kind permission.

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David Sanjek (1952-2011)

Posted: November 29th, 2011 | Filed under: Remembrances | No Comments »

This piece of the life and work of David Sanjek was provided to the website by Mark Duffet.

Dave Sanjek

In his lifetime, Professor David Sanjek established himself as a leading international scholar in the burgeoning field of Anglo-American popular music studies. He contributed to the academic discussion of a wide range of topics, including popular music history, copyright law, genre cinema, and popular culture. David’s infectious warmth, compassionate outlook, strategic ability to foster community, scholarly excellence, and experience in the music industry did much to develop the US branch of IASPM. His friend Reebee Garafalo noted that he was the person who “incorporated the US chapter as a tax exempt, non-profit.” On the IASPM-US memorial site, Professor Garafalo added, “Such bureaucratic actions, of course, only begin to scratch the surface of the love and commitment he felt toward IASPM and its members.” David’s final four years, were, however, spent as a global academic based at the University of Salford in England; his untimely passing left a significant legacy on both sides of the Atlantic.

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