Recent Music Documentary Writing (Winter 2018/19)

I just wanted to collect some of the recent reviews and pieces I’ve written about music documentaries. It’s been an exciting time, with the book proposal out in the world, an interview with one of my heroes lined up for May, and in February I filed a review from a major film festival about a music doc, for the Quietus. That was a lovely little dream come true.

Here are the links:

Reel Sounds (a Doc N Roll Festival round up) for the Quietus

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me for the Quietus

A Dog Called Money for the Quietus (from Berlinale 2019)

Music Documentary Reviews, Interviews and Book News

Sorry for the slightly misleading blog title. The book news is that I have a proposal out in the world being considered, for a book on music documentaries and concert films and if that is unsuccessful at least I am in a position to now shop it around to mainstream and academic publishers alike.

Thanks to my friend Ryan Gilbey for the support in reaching out to a publisher and to my darling wife Beth for her constant support and brilliant editing skills. 

In the meantime I continue to write about music documentaries for various places and here are some recent pieces for Directors Notes and the Quietus.

Bunch of Kunst for Directors Notes

Milford Graves Full Mantis for the Quietus

The Potential of Noise for the Quietus

The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale (Review for The Quietus)

It's been a bit quiet on these pages of late, something I hope to rectify soon. However, I recently wrote about a new documentary focusing on the Melvins, for The Quietus. Thanks again to Mat Colegate at the site for letting me write about music docs. This is a really good one. 


'It Ain't Where You're From, It's Where You're At' - Hip Hop Conference 2016

This past weekend I delivered a paper on hip-hop documentaries at the first international hip-hop studies conference at the University of Cambridge.

It's was a feisty, passionate and insightful weekend spent listening to and engaging with scholars, artists and educators. 

The keynotes were incredible, particularly Prof. Tricia Rose's. It was an honour to be in the room as she spoke with knowledge, flexibility and passion about hip-hop, art and education.

The paper went well and can be heard below. I've left in the clip from Dave Chappelle's Block Party that I showed, and MC Reveal's comments and questions at the close of my paper.

Also, here's a link to my slides.

International Hip Hop Studies Conference 2016

I am delighted to announce that I will be delivering a paper at the upcoming Hip Hop studies conference at the University of Cambridge in June 2016.

It's a bit intimidating (as is everything related to my academic life) given the calibre of presenters, but I also can't wait.

My paper is titled

It is where you’re from: ­Re-negotiating the role of place in Hip Hop through documentary.

I will be mainly focusing on the Nas film Time Is Illmatic but also looking back to the likes of Style Wars.

Here's the conference information:

Would You Ask The Beatles That?


I wrote a piece for the fantastic 1960s British Cinema Project. They are hosting guest blogs on different aspects of 1960s British Cinema so I tackled the representations of the music press in A Hard Day's Night and Don't Look Back (yes I know, not strictly British).

Some credit should also go to my amazing girlfriend who is a wonderful editor.

You can find mine and other superb and fascinating pieces here

Popular Music Fandom And The Public Sphere: Symposium

In April I attended a one-day symposium at the University of Chester where I delivered a paper. The paper was spun out of an upcoming book chapter and focused on gig etiquette, creativity, social media and other areas, all through the lens of a study of the Beastie Boys concert film Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!

The paper, like the book chapter, is titled:

We Made This Together: How “Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!” Foresaw changes in the Live Concert Experience brought about by Digital Technology and Social Media.

It was a great day where I met some great academics. I was nervous, as always, but my paper seemed to go down really well and sparked a great discussion at my panel.

Listen to me deliver my paper below.