The Velvet Underground

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The Velvet Underground (academic book collection)
Editors – Sean Albiez and David Pattie

Though, relatively speaking, The Velvet Underground were critically and commercially unsuccessful in their time, in ensuing decades they have become a constant touchstone in art rock, punk, post-punk, indie, avant pop and alternative rock. After the band’s initial demise, in their solo work and live and studio collaborations, ex-band members continued to create music that variously drew from the literary, experimental and pop heritage of the band. In particular Lou Reed, John Cale and Velvet Underground associate Nico produced a number of works that travelled a liminal path between art and pop. Continue reading

40 Years of Mute Records: Through Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, New Order and more

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Editors: Dr Zuleika Beaven, Marcus O’Dair, Dr Richard Osborne
Proposal submission: 4 March 2016
Full chapters due: 30 September 2016

As the influential independent record label Mute approaches the milestone of its 40th anniversary, this edited academic book will explore Mute’s wide-ranging impact in the music industries. Drawing from disciplines such as popular music studies, fan studies, semiotics, creative industries management, identity studies and musicology, each chapter will take a distinctive artist-led approach. Continue reading

Edited Collection on the Work of Joni Mitchell

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Edited collection on the work of Joni Mitchell
Editor: Dr. Ruth Charnock [University of Lincoln, UK]
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2015

Joni Mitchell is widely recognised as an innovative, influential, much-loved and much-imitated artist. From her debut album Song to a Seagull to her most recent Shine, Mitchell’s music – her tunings, her lyrics, her scope – has drawn critical and popular acclaim. And yet, scholarly attention to her work has been relatively limited. This edited collection will attend to Mitchell as a figure worthy of sustained critical thought and appreciation, with a major publisher having already expressed interest. Continue reading

Popular Music Education: Paradigms, Practices, Pedagogies, Problems

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Popular Music Education: Paradigms, Practices, Pedagogies, Problems
Deadline for abstracts: 30 April 2014

Popular music has a growing presence in education (formal and otherwise), from primary school to postgraduate study. Programmes, courses and modules in popular music studies, popular music performance, songwriting and many areas of music technology that could be said to relate chiefly to popular music (such as DJ-ing, for example) are becoming commonplace across higher education. Additionally, specialist pop/rock/jazz graded exam syllabi (RockSchool and Trinity Rock and Pop, for example) have emerged in recent years, meaning that it is now possible for school leavers in some countries to have obtained university entry requirements having only studied popular music. In the context of teacher education, classroom teachers and music-specialists alike are becoming increasingly empowered to introduce popular music into their classrooms. However, discourse regarding ‘popular music’ in education still tends to take place alongside normative discourse around ‘music’. Continue reading

Weekend Societies: Electronic Dance Music Festivals and Event-Cultures

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Weekend Societies: Electronic Dance Music Festivals and Event-Cultures
Edited by Graham St John

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festivals have flourished worldwide over the last 25 years. From massive raves sprouting around the London orbital at the turn of the 1990s to events operated under the control of corporate empires, EDM festivals have developed into cross-genre, multi-city, transnational mega-events. From free party teknivals proliferating across Europe since the mid-1990s to colossal attractions like Belgium’s Tomorrowland, and from neotribal gatherings like Southern California’s Lightning in a Bottle and other “transformational” festivals, to such digital arts and new media showcases as Montreal’s MUTEK and Berlin’s Club Transmediale, EDM festivals are platforms for a variety of arts, lifestyles, industries and policies. Unlicensed paroxysms, sanctioned extravaganzas, aesthetic frontiers, activist mobilisations, colonies of cosmopolitanism, they occasion manifold cultural practices, performed by multitudes to a cornucopia of ends. Continue reading

Developing Pedagogies of Punk‏

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Developing Pedagogies of Punk
Deadline: 6 January 2014

Developing curriculums and pedagogical approaches to the teaching of punk music is a poorly investigated area within music in higher education. The growing capability for institutions to develop programmes in these popular music areas have led to an appropriation of traditional teaching methods in some areas and innovative ground-breaking processes in others. The aim of this edited volume is to capture the contemporary thinking and doing of teaching practitioners around the world exploring their practice as punk pedagogues. Continue reading

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema‏

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The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema
Diane Hughes & Mark Evans (Eds.)

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema will be the seventh volume in the Genre, Music and Sound series (Equinox Publishing). Equinox’s Genre, Music and Sound series extends the discipline of screen soundtrack studies by addressing a series of popular international film genres as they have developed in the post-War era (1945-present); analyzing the variety and shared patterns of music and sound use that characterize each genre. This seventh volume will focus on the singing voice in contemporary cinema from 1945 to the present day, and rather than being restricted to one particular genre, will consider how the singing voice has helped define and/or confuse genre classification. Continue reading

Sound in Canada

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Sound in Canada: Environment, Technology, History
Deadline: 18 November 2013

For the past three decades, cultural studies has become especially attuned to sonic and auditory culture, resulting in the arrival of a new and exciting field known as “Sound Studies”. During this same period, music scholarship has expanded its own purview to include many of the same issues and research methodologies, particularly in approaching musical styles and practices that are not fully suited to more traditional modes of musicological inquiry. There is, however, no central text that offers the uniquely Canadian perspective on sound, despite the fact that Canadian cultural history is replete with studies and cultural production sensitive to the auditory environment. Chapter proposals are requested for such a text, which will provide an interdisciplinary cross-section of current research on Sound in Canada. Continue reading

Global Glam

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Global Glam: Style and Spectacle in Popular Music from the 1970s to the 2000s
Deadline: 1 November 2013

Contributions are invited for an edited book on style and spectacle in “glam” popular music performance from the 1970s to the present day. The editors are seeking chapters of about 7000 words on artists, bands, and movements, and covering a range of national, regional, and cultural contexts from around the globe. Continue reading