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

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:

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.