Mar 05, 2014
from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
|Where||5.00pm, Recital Room, Faculty of Music|
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Professor Simon Frith
University of Edinburgh
I initially taught in the Sociology Department at the University of Warwick , before moving to Strathclyde University to become Director of the John Logie Baird Centre for Research in Film and Television and Professor of English Studies. In 1999 I moved to the University of Stirling and a chair in Film and Media.
For much of my career, as both an academic and journalist, I have been engaged with the problems of taking popular music seriously. As an academic I was a founder member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and a founding editor of the journal, Popular Music, and the majority of my scholarly publications have been in this field. As I journalist I started out as an editor of the pioneering British rock magazine, Let It Rock, and became rock critic for both theSunday Times and the Observer. I was a music columnist for the New York Village Voice from 1980-1995, and have chaired the judges of the Mercury Music prize since it began in 1992.
I am currently researching various aspects of the historical sociology of British music culture since 1950, including music criticism in newspapers and magazines; and live music as a business and social experience.
From 2009-2011 I has a research grant from the AHRC for a three year project, in collaboration with Dr Martin Cloonan of Glasgow University, on the history and current practice of live music promotion in the UK. We are presently running a follow-up project. Also funded by the AHRC, exporing ways to propmote knowledge exchange between academic researchers and live music industry practitioners—seehttp://livemusicexchange.org/. The first volume of our history of live music in Britain will be published by Ashgate in March 2013. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409422808