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I am an academic and writer working in cultural history and cultural aesthetics. I am a graduate of the University of Glasgow (MA (Hons), 1994; MPhil, 1998; PhD, 2001). I have worked as a lecturer and researcher at the universities of Glasgow, Bristol, St Andrews and was, until 2015, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I also acted as Director of Research and REF 2014 Coordinator in my subject area.

For the last ten years, my teaching, research and writing has fallen into two areas: (i) the cultural history and aesthetics of popular music; and (ii) cultural memory.

I have published articles in journals such as Space and Culture, Time & Society, Techniques & Culture, and History of the Human Sciences, as well as chapters in edited volumes, periodicals and magazines. In 2010, I helped to create Reaktion Books’ Reverb series, establishing a new outlet for research and writing about the relationship between music and place.

I am the author of five books, including Sex Pistols: Poison in the Machine (2016), Memory: Encounters with the Strange and the Familiar (2013) and On Garbage (2005), a study of cultural value and ‘waste’, which formed part of an REF 2014 Impact Case Study in History at the University of St Andrews. Another of my books, Easy Riders, Rolling Stones (2015), is currently being adapted for a film – whose working title is ‘Road Music’ – by Los Angeles-based film director, Alex Harvey.

My work has been published in a number of languages, including French, Italian, Arabic and Croatian editions. I have received invitations to speak at universities across the UK, and overseas. My research has been featured in national and international broadcast and print media, including BBC TV and radio, The Times, the Guardian, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


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