Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

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Dr Simon Warner

Lecturer in Popular Music Studies

0113 343 8235

School of Music, room 2.18

Office hours: Thursday 11am - 12 noon

PhD, Leeds, 2010; MA, Popular Music Studies, Liverpool, 1993; NCTJ, National Council for the Training of Journalists, Certificate, 1980; BA, Modern History, Sheffield, 1977

Simon Warner has been a journalist, critic and academic. He teaches the culture and history of post-war Anglo-American popular music. He has a particular interest in the Beat Generation writers – Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs and others – and their associations with key rock musicians – Dylan and the Beatles, David Bowie and Tom Waits, Patti Smith and Kurt Cobain and more. His book, Text and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture (Bloomsbury, 2013), explores these interactions. In 2013 he was a member of the team which launched Louder Than Words, the festival of popular music writing, in Manchester (see louderthanwordsfest.com).

Biography

Born in Manchester, Warner trained as a news reporter then became arts editor of two regional evening newspapers in the 1980s. Between 1989 and 1994 he worked in media relations on arts and education projects. He was a live rock reviewer for The Guardian during the 1990s. In 1990 he embarked on, and attained, the world’s first MA in Popular Music Studies at the Institute of Popular Music, Liverpool University. In 1994 he became Senior Lecturer in Popular Music Studies at Bretton Hall College, before joining Leeds University as Senior Teaching Fellow on merger in 2001. He was awarded his PhD in 2010 and appointed Lecturer.

He is Course Leader of the BA in Popular and World Musics. Between 2004 and 2008, he was Director of the PopuLUs, the Centre for the Study of the World’s Popular Musics. He has also coordinated the PopuLUs Popular Music Seminar Series.

Research Interests

  • Interests lie in the relationship between popular music and written forms, expressed through literature – the novel and short story, poetry and the lyric – and journalism – critical writing and reviewing in magazines and newspapers
  • Particular concern with the relationship between the Beat Generation writers – Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs – and subsequent rock culture.
  • Also interests in the interaction between popular music and political activity where rock becomes a symbolic gesture of rebellion, eg anti-Vietnam War strategies, the 1960s Counterculture, punk in the 1970s

Published work on the Beat/rock nexus so far has concentrated on the activities of Allen Ginsberg both his seminal long poem ‘Howl’, first performed in 1955 and published in 1956, and his interaction with the forces of the Anglo-American Counterculture in the mid-1960s. Warner’s edited collection on the key Ginsberg verse, Howl for Now, was published in 2005 and connected to a live performance that commemorated in words and music the original reading of the piece. A DVD of the performance was issued in 2007. His article on Ginsberg’s celebrated visit to Liverpool where pop and poetry had forged a dynamic mix in the wake of Beatlemania appeared in the collection Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant Garde which was published in 2007 and accompanied a major Tate Liverpool exhibition. A more wide-ranging overview Text and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture appeared through Bloomsbury in 2013. A conference and wider body of events, under his co-direction, commemorating the half-centenary of the British publication of Kerouac’s key novel On the Road was staged at Birmingham University in late 2008 and early 2009.

Teaching

Current Modules

  • MUSS1030 Music in History and Culture
  • MUSI1020 Understanding Music
  • MUSS1811 Popular Music and the Press: Analysing the Rock Media
  • MUSS2020 Interpreting Music
  • MUSS2721/2722/3721/3722 Music in Context
    • The Sixties: Music, Culture, Politics
    • Punk: A Portrait of a Musical Revolution
    • Joined at the Hip: Rock, Jazz and the Beat Generation
  • MUSS3140 Dissertation
  • MUSS3040 Analysing Music
  • MUSS5132M/5162M Masters Dissertation
  • MUSS Applied Project
  • MUSS Music and Management

Module Coordinator for

  • MUSS1110 Music Research Skills
  • MUSS1811 Popular Music and the Press: Analysing the Rock Media

Other Teaching

  • Rock and the Written Word: Popular Music and Literature
  • The Popular Music Business
  • The History of Popular Music
  • Raised Voices: Pop, Protest, Politics

Responsibilities

  • Programme Manager, BA Popular Music Studies, 1995-6; 2001-2003; BA Popular and World Musics, 2011-2014
  • Environmental Coordinator 2006-07
  • Health & Safety Officer, 2007-2012
  • Member, Research Committee 2001-
  • Editor, School news and student newsletter The Notes 2005-
  • Member, Library Committee 2008-2010

Publications

Books

  • Warner SR (2013) Text and Drugs and Rock'n'Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture. First. New York City: Bloomsbury Academic.

  • Warner SR (2013) New York, New Wave: From Max's and the Mercer to CBGBs and the Mudd Club. London: Reaktion Books. (In preparation)

  • Warner SR (2008) The Beatles and the Summer of Love. Trier, Germany: WVT.

  • Warner SR (2005) Howl for Now: A celebration of Allen Ginsberg's epic protest poem. Pontefract, West Yorkshire, UK: Route.

  • Warner SR (1996) Rockspeak: The Language of Rock and Pop. Blandford, Cassell: London, UK.

Journal articles

  • Warner SR (2012) “La banalité de la dégradation : Andy Warhol, le Velvet Underground et l'esthétique trash”, Volume! Sklower J; Whiteley, S. (eds.). 9.2012/1: 51-65.

  • Warner SR (2012) “'Feeling the bohemian pulse: Locating Patti Smith within a post-Beat tradition'”, Profils Américains. (In preparation)

  • Warner SR (2011) “'You only sing when you're winning: Football factions and rock rivalries in Liverpool and Manchester'”, Soccer & Society. Football and music special issue. 12.1: 58-73.

  • Warner SR (2000) “'The Record as Record: The life of the popular song and the role of the sound carrier'”, The National Arts Education Archive Occasional Papers in the Arts and Education Butterworth P (eds.). 9: 21-30.

  • Warner SR (2000) “'Behind the Print: Reading the Rock Press'”, The National Arts Education Archive Occasional Papers in the Arts and Education Stephenson T (eds.). 8: 111-117.

Chapters

  • Warner SR (2013) “Television Gaga: Glee, Gleeks and the New Global Glamocracy”, In: Iddon M; Marshall M (eds.) Lady Gaga and Popular Music: Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture. First. Routledge Studies in Popular Music. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. (Accepted)

  • Warner SR (2013) “'The banality of degradation: Andy Warhol, the Velvet Underground and the trash aesthetic'”, In: Slower J; Whiteley S (eds.) Music and the Counterculture. Ashgate Folk and Popular Music. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate. (Accepted)

  • Warner SR (2011) “'Genre and the aesthetics of popular music'”, In: Dauncey H (eds.) Stereo: Comparative Perspectives on the Sociological Study of Popular Music in France and Britain. First. Farnham, Hampshire: Ashgate. 137-151

  • Warner SR (2008) “‘The Sound of the Summer of Love? The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper, the hippies and Haight-Ashbury’”, In: Helbig J; Warner, S. R. (eds.) Summer of Love: The Beatles, Art and Culture in the Sixties. Trier, Germany: WVT. 5-21

  • Warner SR (2008) “'Genre et esthétique dans les musiques populaires'”, In: Guern PL; Dauncey H (eds.) Stéréo: Sociologie comparée des musiques populaires: France/G-B. Paris: IRMA. 177-190 (Accepted)

  • Warner SR (2007) “'Raising the consciousness? Re-visiting Allen Ginsberg's Liverpool trip in 1965'”, In: Grunenberg C; Knifton R (eds.) Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant Garde. University of Liverpool Press. 95-108

  • Warner SR (2005) “'Sifting the shifting sands: "Howl" and the American landscape in the 1950s'”, In: Warner S (eds.) Howl for Now: A celebration of Allen Ginsberg's epic protest poem. Route, West Yorkshire, UK. 25-52

  • Warner SR (2004) “'Reporting Woodstock: Some contemporary press reflections on the festival'”, In: Bennett A (eds.) Remembering Woodstock. Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series. Ashgate, UK. 55-74

Conference papers

  • Warner SR (2011) 'Versions of Cody: Jack Kerouac, Tom Waits and the song "On the Road"'. LitPop (Submitted)

  • Warner SR (2008) 'All Cut Up? Genesis P-Orridge's beatnik past'. Making Music, Making Meaning Proceedings: 'Making Music, Making Meaning', IASPM Biennial, Rome, July 2005 IASPM.: 953-983.

  • Warner SR (2005) 'All Cut Up? The pandrogynous transformation of Genesis P-Orridge'. Proceedings: "Music as Masquerade: Poseurs, Playas, and Beyond", Experience Music Project, Seattle, US, April 2005 "Music as Masquerade: Poseurs, Playas, and Beyond", Experience Music Project, Seattle, US, April 2005. (Submitted)

Performances

  • Warner SR Howl for Now. DVD 07//2/01/0

Others

  • Warner SR (2014) The Grove Dictionary of American Music. Second. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Warner SR (2003) Baker's Biographical Encyclopedia of Popular Music since 1990. New York: Schirmer.

Research Centres & Groups

The Centre for the Study of the World’s Popular Musics 2004-2008

External Appointments

  • Member, Organising Committee, IASPM UK/Ireland biennial conference, ‘Imagining Communities Musically’, September 5th-7th, 2012
  • Co-organiser, ‘New Wave, New Views: Re-visiting the post-punk moment’, day seminar, Popular Cultures Research Network, Leeds University, June 26th, 2009.
  • Co-organiser, ‘Back On the Road’, conference celebrating 50th anniversary of UK publication of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Birmingham University, December 12th-13th, 2008.
  • Director, Study Day, ‘A Day in the Life: Sgt Pepper at 40’, presented by PopuLUs, School of Music, University of Leeds, June 19th, 2007.
  • Director, Conference, ‘The Sounds of the Guitar: A Global Crossroads’, presented by PopuLUs, the Centre for the Study of the World’s Popular Musics, School of Music, University of Leeds, November 26th and 27th, 2004. See http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/research/PopuLUs/events/
  • In Spring 2004 launched, as editor, a new web journal, Chapter&Verse, A Journal of Popular Music and Literature Studies, considering the intersection and interaction of popular music, the novel and poetry (http://www.PopMatters.com/chapter).
  • Committee member
    • Founding member and committee member, Popular Cultures Research Network, Leeds University 2006-
  • Jury member
    • Judge, Annual Music Criticism Award, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (US), 2004-2008, 2010
  • Curator
    • Co-director, Sir Peter Blake Music Art Gallery, a permanent exhibition of the artist’s collaborations with popular musicians. The gallery, sited in the School of Music and opened in February 2005, features the world’s only public display of the artwork from the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, signed by the painter. Other signed and counter-signed items include album sleeves for Eric Clapton, the Who, Brian Wilson, Ian Dury, Paul Weller, Oasis, Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8.
  • Publishers’ reviewer
    • Book proposals/article reviewer, Liverpool University Press, Open University Press, Manchester University Press, Routledge, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Oxford University Press and Polity Press.
  • Professional
    • Member of the European Beat Studies Network, 2010-
    • Member of the Beat Studies Association, 2010-
    • Member of the BRITs Voting Academy, 2008-9
    • Member of the Association of Music Writers and Photographers, 2005-
    • Member of IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music), 1995-
    • Member of the Higher Education Academy, 2004-
    • Member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2001-2004
    • Member of the UCU (University and College Union), 2006-
    • Member of the AUT (Association of University Teachers), 2001-2006
    • Member of NATFHE (National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education), 1994-2001
    • Member of the NUJ (National Union of Journalists), 1978-1990

External Examining

  • External Verifier, Foundation Degree and BA Performing Arts (Music), Hull College, Hull University 2004-2006
  • Advisory positions
    • External Advisor, BA Popular Music Studies, Liverpool Hope College, John Moores University 2004
    • External Advisor, BA Popular Music, University of Wolverhampton 2003
    • External Advisor, OND Popular Music, South Birmingham College, University of Central England 2003-2005
    • External Advisor, BA Popular Musicology, Salford University, 2008
  • External Examiner, Mike Dines, Salford University, PhD, 2007

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Current Research Students

  • Co-supervisor, Simon Morrison, ‘Club culture and literature’, 2011
  • Co-supervisor, Mark Deeks, ‘Metal and Norse mythology’, 2009-
  • Advisor, Emilee Simmons, ‘REM and the Alternative’, completed 2011

Professional Practice

Keynote & invited lectures

  • ‘Versions of Cody: Jack Kerouac, Tom Waits and  the song “On the Road”‘, Popular Cultures Research Network, Leeds University, 23 February 2011.
  • ‘Versions of Cody: Jack Kerouac, Tom Waits and the song “On the Road”‘, David Bruce Centre for American Studies, Keele University, 3 November 2010.
  • ‘Mapping the Beat: Rock, Literature and the British Counterculture’, Contextual Lecture Series, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 12 January 2010.
  • ‘Post-Punk Performance: The Alternative 80s’, closing plenary panel member, University of Leeds, 9 September 2009.
  • ‘Versions of Cody: Jack Kerouac, Tom Waits and the song On the Road’, Research Seminar Series, School of Music Hull University, 24 February 2009.
  • ‘Jazz Journey: Jack Kerouac’s musical soundtrack’, Talk accompanying exhibition of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road Scroll manuscript, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, 15 January 2009.
  • ‘Talking the Beat’, Discussion, panel member, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, 8 January 2009.
  • ‘Cover Versions: How Pop Art shaped the album sleeve’, ‘The Art School Dance: Art into Pop, Pop into Art’, Liverpool John Moores/Tate Liverpool, 21-22 September 2007.

Conference papers

  • ‘Where to now? The current condition of Popular Music Studies in UK universities’, ‘Studying Music: An international conference in honour of Simon Frith’, Edinburgh University, 8-10 April 2014.
  • ‘Feeling the bohemian pulse: Locating Patti Smith within a post-Beat tradition’, ‘Out of the Shadows: Female Beats’, University of Agder, Kristiansen, Norway, 2-4 September 2013.
  • ‘Mapping the Beat: Rock, Literature and the British Counterculture’, ‘This is the Modern World: For a social history of rock music’, University of Lille, France, 12-15 June 2013.
  • ‘Mapping the Beat: Rock, Literature and the British Counterculture’, IASPM UK Conference, University of Salford, 5-7 September 2012.
  • ‘Feeling the bohemian pulse: Locating Patti Smith within a post-Beat tradition’, British Association for American Studies, annual conference, 12-15 April 2012.
  • ‘Versions of Cody: Jack Kerouac, Tom Waits and the song “On the Road”‘, ‘LitPop: Writing and Popular Music’, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, 24 June 2011.
  • ‘Versions of Cody: Jack Kerouac, Tom Waits and the song “On the Road”‘, Literature Without Borders, Research Seminar Series, Schools of Modern Languages/English, Leeds Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds, 10 February 2010.
  • You only sing when you’re winning: Rock rivalries in Manchester and Liverpool’, IASPM biennial international conference, University of Liverpool, 13-17 July 2009.
  • ‘Crashing on the shore: Notions of a new wave’, paper, ‘New Wave, New Views: Re-visiting the Post-Punk moment’, Popular Cultures Research Network, University of Leeds, 26 June 2009.
  • ‘Rock’n’roll Road: Rock culture and its homage to the Kerouac legacy’, ‘Back on the Road’, conference celebrating 50th anniversary of UK publication of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Birmingham University, 12-13 December 2008.
  • ‘You only sing when you’re winning: Rock rivalries in Manchester and Liverpool’, ‘Music and the Idea of the North’, Leeds University/Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds Town Hall, 5-7 September 2008.
  • ‘You only sing when you’re winning: Rock rivalries in Manchester and Liverpool’, ‘Locating Popular Cultures’, Popular Cultures Research Network, Leeds University, 10 September 2008.
  • ‘From popular to pop: The fluctuating function of a musical prefix’ ‘New Directions in Popular Culture: Discourse and Pleasure’, University of Leeds, 21 March 2007.
  • ‘Cover Versions: How Pop Art shaped the album sleeve’, RMA Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, 11-14 July 2006.
  • ‘Cover Versions: How Pop Art shaped the album sleeve’, School of Modern Languages and Cultures Research Group, Leeds Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds, 15 February 2006.
  • ‘All cut up? Unwrapping Genesis P-Orridge’s beatnik past’, ‘Making Music, Making Meaning’, IASPM Biennial Conference, Rome, Italy, 25-30 July 2005.
  • ‘All cut up? The pandrogynous transformation of Genesis P–Orridge’, ‘Music as Masquerade: Poseurs, Playas and Beyond’, Experience Music Project, Seattle, US, 14-17 April 2005.
  • ‘Dig that Crazy Rhythm? The Beat Generation writers and the rise of rock’n’roll’, Postgraduate Seminar, Leeds University School of Music, 3 March 2005.
  • ‘Dig that Crazy Rhythm? The Beat Generation writers and the rise of rock’n’roll’, Post-graduate seminar, Leeds College of Music, 11 November 2004.
  • ‘Cover versions: Pop Art and the rock album sleeve’, ‘Analysing Text and Inter-Text’, Leeds College of Music, 25 October 2003.
  • ‘Beat matters: Exploring rock’s bohemian traces’, ‘Scenes, Subcultures and Tribes’, University College Northampton, 13 September 2003.
  • ‘Absolute Amnesia: Colin MacInnes and the question of the missing skiffle’, ‘Here’s the Way We Play It’, National Skiffle Conference and Concert, Liverpool John Moores University, 6 September 2003.
  • ‘Where to now? Popular music education and career destinations’, Conference: IASPM UK, University of Newcastle, 17 July 2002.
  • ‘Beat Generation/Rock Generation: Observations on a cultural continuum’, Conference: ‘Literature and Music in the Study of Culture’, Open University event at Worcester College, Oxford, 11 May 2002.
  • ‘Beat Generation/Rock Generation: Observations on a cultural continuum’, Conference: ‘Crafting Sounds, Creating Meaning: Popular Music in the US’, Experience Music Project, Seattle, US, 12 April 2002.
  • ‘Rock and Literature: A very modern marriage?’, ‘Critical Musicology and High Modernism’, Critical Musicology Forum, Nottingham University, 21 January 2002.
  • ‘So Bored with the USA?: Reflections on a transatlantic divide’, ‘No Future’, 25th anniversary punk conference, University of Wolverhampton, 22 September 2001.
  • ‘Offbeat: How the national press reports rock in the regions’, Conference: The Robert Shelton Memorial Conference, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, 19 May 2001.
  • ‘Beat Generation/Rock Generation: A cultural continuum’, Conference: IASPM UK, University of Surrey, 8 July 2000.
  • ‘Rock and Literature: Observations on Inter-Textuality’, Bretton Hall Music School research seminars, 9 June 2000.
  • ‘Popular Music and Higher Education’, presentation to Conference: ‘Teaching Popular Music’, Institute of Education, University of London, 11 May 2000.
  • ‘Songs of War and Peace’, ‘Raise Your Banners’ Festival of political music and song, Sheffield Hallam University, 13 November 1999.
  • ‘Text and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll’, ‘Off the Shelf’, Sheffield Literature Festival, National Centre for Popular Music, Sheffield, 27 October 1999.
  • ‘Britprint revisited’, Conference: ‘Soundtracking: Popular Music and the Media’, Sheffield Hallam University, 10 July 1999.
  • ‘Dylan and the Beats: The Meltzer connection’, from The Robert Shelton Memorial Conference, Institute of Popular Music, Liverpool University, 1 May 1999.
  • ‘Popular Music and Politics’, ‘Raise Your Banners’ Festival of political music and song, Sheffield Hallam University, 1 November 1997.
  • ‘Britprint: Liking and Loathing on the News-stand’, Conference: ‘Britpop: Towards a Musicological Interpretation’, Leeds University, 8 May 1997.

Contributions to encyclopaedias

Twelve entries in Baker’s Biographical Encyclopedia of Popular Music since 1990, introduced by David Freeland (New York: Schirmer, 2003). Original entries: ‘Costello, Elvis‘; ‘Daft Punk‘; ‘The Isley Brothers‘; ‘Mitchell, Joni‘; ‘Oasis‘; ‘Radiohead‘; ‘Simply Red‘; ‘Smith, Patti‘; ‘The Spice Girls‘; ‘Steely Dan‘; ‘The Who‘.

Five entries in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming) Original entries on US popular music journalists/critics: ‘Jory Farr’, ‘Mark Kemp’, ‘Jim Miller’, ‘Jane Scott’, ‘Paul Williams’.

Reviews

  • James E. Perone, The Words and Music of Prince (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008), reviewed in Popular Music, 28/3, 2009, pp. 459-460.
  • Matthew Bannister, White Boys, White Noise: Masculinities and 1980s Indie Rock (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), reviewed in Popular Music, 27/1, January 2008, pp. 181-182.
  • Timothy Warner, Pop Music Technology and Creativity: Trevor Horn and the Digital Revolution (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003), reviewed in the website of the International Association of for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM Summer 2004) http://www.iaspm.net/review/warner.htm
  • Steven Taylor, False Prophet: Field Notes from the Punk Underground (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004), reviewed in Ethnomusicology Forum, Vol. 13/2, pp. 306-309, November 2004.
  • David Meltzer, Beat Thing (New Mexico: La Alameda Press, 2004), reviewed in Chapter & Verse, Autumn 2004
    http://www.popmatters.com/chapter/04Autumn/warner1.html
  • Tony Mitchell (ed.), Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2002), reviewed in Ethnomusicology Forum, Vol. 13/1, pp. 162-166, June 2004.
  • Bernard Gendron, Between Montmartre and the Mudd Club: Popular Music and the Avant Garde (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002), reviewed in Chapter & Verse, Issue One, Spring 2004 http://www.popmatters.com/chapter/04win/warner.html
  • Barney Hoskyns (ed.), The Sound and the Fury: 40 Years of Classic Rock Journalism (London: Bloomsbury, 2003) reviewed in Rock Critics, 6 June 2003 http://rockcriticsarchives.com/features/warner/soundandfury.html
  • Steve Jones (ed.), Pop Music and the Press (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002) reviewed in Rock’s Backpages, November 2002, http://www.rocksbackpages.com/article.html?ArticleID=3496
  • Live rock critic for The Guardian, 1992-1995, 50 reviews – a selection

Periodical articles

  • ‘Larry Keenan’, obituary, The Independent, 28 August 2012, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/larry-keenan-photographer-who-captured-dylan-ginsberg-and-the-sixties-counterculture-8082405.html [Accessed 15 December 2013].
  • ‘Tuli Kupferberg, obituary, The Guardian, 26 July 2010, http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/jul/26/poetry-usa [Accessed 15 December 2013].
  • ‘People who died: Jim Carroll’s last diary entry’, Beatdom, Issue 7, July 2010, http://www.beatdom.com/?p=822 [Accessed 15 December 2013].
  • ‘Peter Orlovsky’, obituary, The Guardian, 4 July 2010, http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jul/04/peter-orlovsky-obituary [Accessed 8 July 2010].
  • ‘Jim Carroll: Poetry prodigy, post-Beat and punk rocker’, obituary, Beat Scene, No. 61, 2010.
  • One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur, CD review, Beat Scene, No. 61, 2009.
  • ‘Return to Lowell: A visit to the Commemorative and Kerouac’s grave’, Beat Scene, No. 60, 2009.
  • One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur, DVD review, Beat Scene, No. 60, 2009.
  • ‘Jim Carroll’, obituary, The Guardian, 22 September 2009, http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/sep/22/jim-carroll-obituary [Accessed 6 October 2009].
  • ‘Words on the arrival of the Kerouac Scroll at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, December 5th, 2008’, poem, Beatdom, Issue 3, 2009, http://tinyurl.com/yah8p6d [Accessed 6 October 2009].
  • ‘Steven Taylor:  A Beat Englishman in New York’, Beat Scene, No 58, Spring 2009.
  • ‘Whatever next? How the Who made Leeds come alive again’ in Live at Leeds 14/02/70-17/06/06, Souvenir publication on the Who’s return to Leeds University, published by the University of Leeds, 17 June 2006 (Also at www.leeds.ac.uk/home/warner_essay.doc)
  • ‘Regrets? Too few to mention’, Cent magazine, Spring 2006.
  • ‘He may not rock, but he sure do ron ron’, Jacques Derrida and popular music, Feature on Derrida’s legacy in The Times Higher Education Supplement, 11 November 2004.
  • ‘The Record as Record: The life of the popular song and the role of the sound carrier’ in ‘Recording the Ephemeral’, The National Arts Education Archive Occasional Papers in the Arts and Education, Vol. 9, edited by Philip Butterworth (Bretton, West Yorkshire: National Arts Education Archive, 2000), pp. 21-30.
  • ‘Behind the Print: Reading the Rock Press’, The National Arts Education Archive Occasional Papers in the Arts and Education, Vol. 8, edited  by Tim Stephenson (Bretton, West Yorkshire: National Arts Education Archive, 2000), pp. 111-117.
  • ‘Beat Generation/Rock Generation: A cultural continuum’ in Route, Vol 1/3, May 2000.
  • ‘David Meltzer’ in Beat Scene, No. 30, 1998.
  • ‘The Adorno Hangover’ in Versus, Vol. 1/2, 1994.

Recordings/DVD

  • Howl for Now, DVD recording, 2007 (University of Leeds)

Radio / TV broadcasts

  • BBC Radio 4, The Poetry Olympian: Michael Horovitz at 75, 4 April 2010.
  • BBC Radio 4, A Good Read, 17 March 2009.
  • BBC Radio 2, Turn Your Radio On – Ray Stevens, 8 January 2008.
  • BBC Radio 4, Adventures in Poetry, Allen Ginsberg’s ‘First Party at Ken Kesey’s with Hell’s Angels’, 14 October 2007.
  • BBC Radio 4, Red Elvis, drama documentary on 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, 16 August 2007.
  • BBC Radio 4, Word of Mouth, 25th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, 9 December 2005.
  • Channel 4 TV, The Best-Selling Artists of the 21st Century, 7 September 2005.
  • ITV, Frock’n’Roll, two part series, 21 and 28 May 2004.
  • BBC Radio 2, The Music Box, two part series, 29 November and 6 December 2003.
  • Channel 4 TV, The Top 10 Football Songs, 8 June 2002.
  • BBC Radio 2, The True Story of British Pop, six part series, 6 November to 11 December 2001.
  • BBC Radio 4, The Archive Hour, ‘Nonsense Verse’, 1 April 2000.

Public Performances

  • Howl for Now, director, School of Music, University of Leeds, 7 October 2005.

Other

  • Public interviews
    • Chris Salewicz, rock biographer, The Palace Hotel, 18 November, 2013.
    • Barney Hoskyns, rock historian, The Palace Hotel, Manchester, 18 November 2013.
    • Mark Bliesener and Pete Smith, band managers, Leeds University, 18 October 2010.
    • Jon King and Andy Gill, Gang of Four, Leeds University, 26 June 2009.
    • Clinton Heylin, rock biographer, Leeds University, 26 June 2009.
    • Bill Nelson, rock musician, Memories, Dreams and Gleaming Guitars, pre-film screening, School of Music, University of Leeds, 28 April 2007.
    • Bill Nelson, rock musician, ‘Nelsonica’ convention, Duke of Cumberland, North Ferriby, nr. Hull, 22 October 2005.
    • Jeff Wayne, composer, School of Music, University of Leeds, 19 May 2005.
    • Peter Blake, artist, School of Music, University of Leeds, 10 February 2005.
    • Bill Nelson, rock musician, Be-Bop Deluxe, School of Music, University of Leeds, 27 November 2004.
    • Tony Wilson, broadcaster/label owner, Bretton Campus, University of Leeds, 18 March 2002.
    • Jay Greenwood, A&R man, Bretton Campus, University of Leeds, 11 March 2002.
    • Dave Haslam, DJ/author, Bretton Campus, University of Leeds, 4 March 2002.
    • Mark Pearman, rock musician, The Sisters of Mercy, Bretton Campus, University of Leeds, 28 January 2002.
    • Faith Petric, folk singer, Sheffield Hallam University, 17 November 2001.
    • Chris T-T, singer-songwriter, Bretton Campus, University of Leeds, 30 November 2001.
    • David Toop, musician/author, Unity House, Wakefield, 25 January 2001.
    • Roy Bailey, folk singer, Unity House, Wakefield, 21 November 2000.
    • Simon Humphrey, record producer, Unity House, Wakefield, 18 November 2000.
    • Billy Bragg, singer-songwriter, Sheffield Hallam University, 13 November 1999.
    • Bill Nelson, rock musician, Be-Bop Deluxe, Bretton Hall College, West Bretton, 4 November 1997.
    • Jeff Noon, author, Bretton Hall College, West Bretton, 28 October 1997.
  • External Verifier, Foundation Degree and BA Performing Arts (Music), Hull College, Hull University 2004-2006
  • Advisory positions
    • External Advisor, BA Popular Music Studies, Liverpool Hope College, John Moores University 2004
    • External Advisor, BA Popular Music, University of Wolverhampton 2003
    • External Advisor, OND Popular Music, South Birmingham College, University of Central England 2003-2005
    • External Advisor, BA Popular Musicology, Salford University, 2008
  • External Examiner, Mike Dines, Salford University, PhD

Events/conferences

  • Co-organiser, ‘Louder than Words: The Festival of Popular Music Writing’, The Palace Hotel, Manchester, 15-17 November 2013.
  • Committee member, IASPM UK Conference 2012, 5-7 September 2012.
  • Co-organiser, ‘New Wave, New Views: Re-visiting the post-punk moment’, day seminar, Popular Cultures Research Network, Leeds University, 26 June 2009.
  • Co-organiser, ‘Back On the Road’, conference celebrating 50th anniversary of UK publication of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Birmingham University, 12-13 December 2008.
  • Director, Study Day, ‘A Day in the Life: Sgt Pepper at 40’, presented by PopuLUs, School of Music, University of Leeds, 19 June 2007.
  • Director, Conference, ‘The Sounds of the Guitar: A Global Crossroads’, presented by PopuLUs, the Centre for the Study of the World’s Popular Musics, School of Music, University of Leeds, 26-27 November 2004. See http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/research/PopuLUs/events/
  • In Spring 2004 launched, as editor, a new web journal, Chapter & Verse: A Journal of Popular Music and Literature Studies, considering the intersection and interaction of popular music, the novel and poetry (http://www.PopMatters.com/chapter).
  • Committee member
    • Founding member and committee member, Popular Cultures Research Network, Leeds University 2006-
  • Jury member
    • Judge, Annual Music Criticism Award, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (US), 2004-2008, 2010
  • Curator
    • Co-director, Sir Peter Blake Music Art Gallery, 2005-2013, an exhibition of the artist’s collaborations with popular musicians. The gallery, sited in the School of Music and opened in February 2005, features the world’s only public display of the artwork from the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, signed by the painter. Other signed and counter-signed items include album sleeves for Eric Clapton, the Who, Brian Wilson, Ian Dury, Paul Weller, Oasis, Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8.
  • Publishers’ reviewer
    • Book proposals/article reviewer, Liverpool University Press, Open University Press, Manchester University Press, Routledge, Journal of the Royal Musical Association and Polity Press.

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