Thesis Title: Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White: Morality in the Music Press, 1967-1983
Start Year: 2009
Part Time Tutor Office Hours, Autumn 2011-12: Wednesdays 10-11, Jessop West
My thesis sets out to investigate how morality has been mediated through the popular music press between 1967 and 1983. In this period the music press brought together a wide and predominantly youthful audience, those who if the conventional knowledge of the period is followed, would usually be assumed to be in favour of permissive or relativistic moral outlooks. Investigating the music press will illuminate some of the moral prerogatives of youth and music fans, taking in conversations regarding war and protest, gender, sexuality, race and the more rowdy aspects of sex, drugs and rock `n´ roll. Indeed, it will also take into account how the music press presented these topics to their readership, examining their news values, perceived audience and commercial imperatives. Through discourse analysis of the magazines, comparisons with other print media and interviews with participants (editors, journalists, musicians and readers) the project hopes to investigate the space for, and content of, moral utterances permitted by the music press.
- Queen Mary, University of London, MA Twentieth Century Cultural History
- University of Sheffield, Politics and History (1st, Hons)
I am an Associate Tutor in the department, teaching on HST119 The Transformation of Britain 1800 to the Present, and HST112 Paths from Antiquity to Modernity.
'Ziggy Stardust and the Music Press: Negotiating Transgressive Male Sexuality', Creating the 'Other' Post-Graduate Conference September 2011, University of Essex. (A working paper from this will be published in a collection from this conference).
'"Questioning the Basic Immoralities"?: Morality in the Music Press, 1967-1968', Social History Society Annual Conference May 2011, the University of Manchester.
'The Sky above the Port was the Colour of Television, Tuned to a Dead Channel': Music Press Discourses on Post-Punk Industrial Music and the Construction of a Dystopian Urban Space, 'Beyond the Centres: Musical avant gardes since 1950' at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 1st to 5th July 2010.
'Free Speech and Competitively Priced Smut: Pornography in the United States' a review of Robert Rosen, Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography (London, 2010), and Whitney Strub, Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right (New York, 2011), H-Net Reviews (2011), (www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=33108).
I am contributing to a book titled The Gathering of the Tribes that analyses and celebrates outsider music. My article focuses upon the 1969 album 'Underground' by Louisiana garage rock group Satan and Deciples (sic). It will be available in early 2012.