academic CV and short bio

Short biography, 2021 (for copying; do edit if 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).  George 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 is co-editing with Gina Arnold, is published in 2021. He has been a member of several EU-funded research projects, including 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). His website is

Click below for (rather long) CV (2019): 

Curriculum Vitae, Prof George McKay 2019 public

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