The Jazz Chameleon‏

The Refereed Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Jazz Conference August 19–20 2010, Helsinki, Finland
Edited by Janne Mäkelä

Since its arrival on the public scene in the early 20th century, jazz has been characterised by a remarkable ability to cross musical, social and cultural borderlines. In terms of musical style and character, jazz has often crossed genre categories and undergone radical changes. In terms of geographical and cultural boundaries, one of the most notable developments in jazz has been the internationalisation of its sound. Continue reading

New Book: ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’‏

Sean Campbell
‘Irish Blood, English Heart’: Second-Generation Irish Musicians in England
Cork University Press
November 2011 (Paperback)
ISBN: 9781859184905

Second-generation Irish musicians have played a vital role in the history of popular music in England. This book explores the role of Irish ethnicity in the lives and work of these musicians, focusing on three high-profile projects: Kevin Rowland and Dexys Midnight Runners, Shane MacGowan and The Pogues, and Morrissey/Marr and The Smiths. Continue reading

Latin American Branch – New Website‏

The Latin American Branch is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. This is a bilingual site (Portuguese and Spanish) that represents more than 20 countries and 280 researchers from a significant number of State and public universities. We invite you to have a look at our Historical Proceedings online (like Bogotá 2000), to read our news, and to follow us on Facebook and watch our videos on our YouTube channel. Continue reading

Help Rebuild BAPMAF Music Archives

For anyone wishing to assist John Collins in rebuilding and restoring after the recent Accra floods, donations can be made (through PayPal) via any of the links below:

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Charles Hamm – memorial service‏

A memorial service for Charles Hamm (1925-1911) will be held on Saturday, 3 December 2011, 3-5 p.m., Norwich Inn, Norwich, Vermont.

Please RSVP if you expect to attend, to Chris Hamm at

If you cannot attend, but would like to enter words into the memorial register, please send them to Chris ( or mail them to him at:  Chris Hamm/13530 16th Ave NE/Seattle, WA 98125.

Charles Hamm (1925-2011)

A personal tribute by Philip Tagg

Charles Hamm, founder member of IASPM and distinguished music scholar, died on 16 October 2011. He will be sorely missed.

I was delighted when, in 1981, Charles agreed to deliver a paper at the first IASPM international conference in Amsterdam. And what a paper it was! If only we’d paid more attention to what was really popular on TV — The Osmonds and Sousa marches rather than to what was #1 in the charts (Kim Carnes) or particularly cool among rockologists— we “could easily have predicted the outcome of last fall’s presidential election”, he argued, “and anticipated other recent events in the United States signalling a massive swing to the right, politically and socially” (Hamm, 1982: 13). Continue reading

2011 IASPM Book Prize

The 2011 IASPM Book Prize
Co-ordinated by Antti-Ville Kärjä
Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

The 2011 IASPM prize for a book written in English is awarded to Protest Music in France by Barbara Lebrun.
The 2011 IASPM Book Prize for a book written in a language other than English is awarded to Creating the Myth of ‘Japanese Spirit’ by Yusuke Wajima.
Special Mention is given to El videoclip en España by Eduardo Viñuela.

Download the Book Prize report here [104KB].