9.30am-4.30pm, Room CBK 013/1
Binks Building, 
University of Chester, England 
Friday 22nd June 2012

Event organisers: 
Dr Chris Hart, Dr Mark Duffett and Dr Beate Peter

From Cadillacs to tour buses, motor vehicles and popular music have developed in parallel as symbiotic commodities. Their intimate and intertwined relationship evokes issues and feelings that characterize life in modern society. The conference aims to outline and discuss this relationship between these two culturally charged commodities


Philip Tagg – IASPM
Shaving, Biking and Guitar Distortion: The Rock Daredevil Trope and Rock Consumerism
Claire Evans – Cardiff University
‘It’s the Equivalent of Going Backstage at a Music Show’: Popular Music, Celebrity and Formula One
Georgina Gregory – University of Central Lancashire
‘She’s My Little Deuce Coupe’: Freudian Transformation in the Car Songs of The Beach Boys.
Roddy Hawkins – University of London
Travelling at the Speed of Sound? Top Gear Compilations as (British) Musical Expressions of Driving
Barbara Hornberger – University of Hildesheim, Germany
‘Ich will Spaß, ich geb Gas’: A German Pop Song Between Fun, Society and Subversion
Phylis Johnson – Southern Illinois University, USA
Moving Sounds:  Hearing ‘Route 66’ on the Car Radio Then and Now
Craig Owen Jones – Bangor University
Driving On The A470: Cars and Roads in Welsh-language Rock and Hip-Hop Music
David Kane – Birmingham City University
The Motorcycle as a Rock Icon
Chris Lezotte – Bowling Green State University, USA
‘Born to Take the Highway’: The Automobile, Women and Rock-n-Roll
Santiago Niño Morales  – Universidad Distrital ‘Francisco José de Caldas’, Colombia
‘Las Chivas’: Fiesta in Motion
Alice Price-Styles – Independent Scholar
‘Born To Roll’: An Examination of Jeep Culture in The Music of Masta Ace
Jon Stewart – Brighton Institute of Modern Music
‘Motorpsycho Nightmare’: Bob Dylan and Car Culture
Charles E. Sykes – Indiana University, USA
The Auto Assembly Line: Metaphor and Model for Motown
Tim Summers – University of Bristol
Music in Racing Video Games

Tim Wall and Nick Webber – Birmingham City University

Rock ‘n’ Roll: Cars, Convergence and Culture
Justin A. Williams – Anglia Ruskin University
Toward a Sloanist Theory of Popular Music Production

About the organisers:

Dr Chris Hart is Senior Lecturer in Advertising at Chester. He recently co-managed the largest study done to date into the economics and social impact of historic vehicles in Europe.

Dr Mark Duffett is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Chester. He is known as a popular music scholar whose central interests include fandom and Elvis Presley.

Dr Beate Peter is a member of the Institute for Performance Research at Manchester Metropolitan University with research interests in music psychology and popular culture. Her comparative study of techno in Detroit and Berlin is to be published in Spring 2012.