When I set it up c. 15 years ago one of the purposes of this website was to make it easier for readers, students, researchers, journalists—basically, anyone who is interested—to find out about my work, to read the books. For, yes, I do want readers. And there is also the laudable principle of open access for publicly-funded research, which all the below kind of is.
Here I collect together on one page versions of the books and reports of mine that are available in open access form, i.e. free for you to use, or freely available extracts at the very least. All of these links are also elsewhere on the website but I’m putting them together here, under the page title ‘open access’, to make the point that I’m committed to open access and to raise their visibility.
In particular here are the half-a-dozen of my books that have been made into Google Books, and four or five funded project reports. I know the former can be frustrating, as typically often the material you actually want is on one of the pages not available in the preview, but still, from a reader’s or researcher’s point of view at least, they can be useful. Not at all sure they help my sales though…
The other sources are my institutional repositories (the old one, Salford’s USIR, is still functioning; as for my current university, UEA, I been uploading recent and imminent work on our Digital Repository) and my academia.edu and ResearchGate pages.
While it remains active here is a link to my research on Salford’s institutional repository (up to 2014). Click on the USIR image, right, and it takes you to the set of my outputs that are digitally stored and available freely (mostly) in the repository. (If something isn’t accessible it’s usually because of a historic copyright arrangement with a publisher, of the kind I try not to make any more.) Work of mine on there would be mostly 2005-2013.
For newer and forthcoming work (mostly since 2014) you can go to my page on UEA Digital Repository, the UEA’s open access searchable repository of research publications and outputs produced by our staff.
Further, for 25+ years of books, articles, chapters, you can go to my academia.edu or ResearchGate pages and access online lots of my writing as well as events organised. I am a little pleased that, on the screenshot right, it says, with a small trophy icon next to it, I am in the ‘top 2%’ for views on academia.edu…. This has been regularly the case for some years; I hover between ‘top 0.5%’ and ‘top 2%’. (I recognise that both these repositories are receiving some critical attention for their commercialisation and/or exploitation of knowledge model—see Gary Hall, for example.)
Click for free, open access PDF of entire 2018 report: Bennett & McKay Street Music report interactive
Click for free, open access PDF of entire 2017 book: 25 Years of London Jazz Festival DEFINITIVE
Click for free, open access PDF of entire 2016 report: Festival Report_online
Click here for a free download of the 2011 Community Music AHRC report.