Mark’s posts on Race

Judge Dread (The 1970s cockney reggae answer to Eminem) Michael Jackson (1958-2009) (The myth of pop’s greatest legend) Michael Jackson’s swansong: ‘This is It’ (2009) ‘Gangsta Rap’, Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekend, BBC2 (New Orleans rap and the glamorization of violence) Continue Reading …

Mark’s posts on History

‘I Don’t Deny History’ (Considers historians as ideological agents) Walter Benjamin’s ‘Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century’ (1939) (A good example of history as critical commentary) Public Image Limited – Manchester Academy, 19th December 2009 (A rebel relives his history, Continue Reading …

Mark’s posts on Gender

Tears, Tiaras and Transsexuals (considers the performativity of male cross-dressing) Kraftwerk (men and machines make music) Florence + the Machine (dark and dreamy feminity at the Manchester Academy) The New York Dolls (aging trash metal legends play Liverpool’s O2 Academy) Continue Reading …

Other resources

Birmingham Music Archive and Birmingham Music Heritage Celebrity Culture (Andy Miah’s 2005 Scottish conference) Discogs (discographies) eBay (memorabila auctions) Experience Music Project Home of Metal (archive) IASPM 2005 (conference proceedings) MediaEd (educational documentaries online) MediaActive (special issue on celebrity) Open Continue Reading …

News stories

Image: Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Clubbing Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (clubbing documentary) Music IndustryGoogle v PRS over Youtube (March 2009) … please email me if this page requires updating.

Youtubes on punk

The infamous Today interview of December 1976 needs no introduction: Sex Pistols interview with Bill Grundy Sex Pistols interview with Bill Grudy (with commentary by Steve Jones) Sid Vicious casually imploding on US public access TV, with Nancy taking over: Continue Reading …

Youtubes on music and race

‘Sharevari’ on the Scene show (the missing link between Kraftwerk, disco and Detroit techno) Vanilla Ice on the Arsenio Hall show … please email me if this page requires updating.