short bio, and CV

Short biography, 2022 (including for copying; do edit as required).

George McKay is Professor of Media Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. His research interests are in popular music from jazz to punk, festivals, alternative culture and media, social movements and cultural politics, disability, and gardening.

Among his books are Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties (Verso, 1996), ed. DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain (Verso, 1998), Glastonbury: A Very English Fair (Gollancz, 2000), co-ed. with Pete Moser Community Music: A Handbook (Russell House, 2004), Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain (Duke UP, 2005), Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism & Rebellion in the Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2011), Shakin’ All Over: Popular Music and Disability (Michigan UP, 2013), ed. The Pop Festival: History, Media, Music, Culture (Bloomsbury, 2015), and, with Emma Webster, Music From Out There, In Here: 25 Years of London Jazz Festival (2017).

Prof McKay was a founding editor in 2002 of the Routledge journal Social Movement Studies. The 32-chapter The Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock (Oxford UP), which he co-edited with Gina Arnold, may finally be published in 2024, if the publisher gets its act together.

Among his 40+ funded research projects, he has been a member of several EU ones: Society & Lifestyles (FP6; 2006-08), Rhythm Changes (HERA; 2010-12), and CHIME (Heritage+ JPI; 2015-17). He was Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellow for its Connected Communities programme (2012-19), and a REF2021 subject panel member for Communication, Cultural & Media Studies (2021). His website is

If required, author photographs are available for download here

Click below if you are REALLY interested for a (rather long) CV. I suggest skim-reading, or settling down with a cup of tea if you are, for whatever reason, extremely committed. 

Curriculum Vitae, Prof George McKay 2022 public

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