My books

All the information here is available elsewhere on the website but I thought it might be of interest to place on one page the books I’ve written and edited, with a useful link for each. Also, on this Open Access page you can find links to freely available versions of many of these publications, e.g. as Google Books, as well as free extracts / chapters from them in open access repositories I put my work on, such as my university’s institutional repository, and my and researchgate pages.

Co-authored with Emma Webster, Music From Out There, In Here: 25 Years of the London Jazz Festival (Norwich: UEA/AHRC, 2017). A 50,000-word book, contains preface by John Cumming, founding director of London Jazz Festival, 77 colour and b&w images and photographs, index. Free download—click on title link!

Supported with funding from an Arts and Humanities Research Council award, for The Impact of Festivals project (£77,313; 2015-16).  

The Pop Festival coverEditor, The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture (London: Bloomsbury, 2015). Includes editor’s introduction, 13 international chapters, one photo-essay (by Alan Lodge), 63 other b&w images and photographs, index.

Supported with funding from EUFP7/HERA project grant Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities (€1million; 2010-13), and an Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities Leadership Fellowship I grant (£359,888; 2012-15).

SAO book covers hb & pbShakin’ All Over: Popular Music and Disability (Ann Arbor MN: University of Michigan Press, 2013). Includes 32 b&w images and photographs, index.

Supported with an Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Leave award (£39,597; 2010-11).


Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism & Rebellion in the Garden (London: Frances Lincoln, 2011). Includes 79 b&w and colour images and photographs, index.

Publication supported with a small grant for photography permission fees from the Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust (£1,000; 2009).

Italian translation 2017.

... Subcultures and NRMs ... Co-editor, with Christopher Williams, Michael Goddard, Neil Foxlee and Egidija Ramanauskaite. Subcultures and New Religious Movements in Russia and East-Central Europe (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009). Cultural Identity Studies series, vol. 15. Includes two editors’ introductions, 15 international chapters,  16 b&w photographs, and index.

Supported with funding from EUFP6 project, Society and Lifestyles: Towards Enhancing Social Harmonisation through Knowledge of Subcultural Communities (€1.6m; 2006-08).

special issue on disability, polio survivor Connie Boswell in stage wheelchair on cover, 1938Editor, special issue of journal—on popular music and disability, Popular Music (Cambridge University Press; 28:3, 2009). Includes editor’s introduction, eight international essays, several musical transcriptions, and 14 b&w images and photographs.

'McKay ... use[s] jazz as a way of talking about such topics as blackness, whiteness, masculinity, shifting imperial identities, and postcolonialism'. Laurie Taylor, Thinking Allowed, BBC R4Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain (Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2005). Includes 26 b&w images and photographs (ten by Val Wilmer), index.

Supported with two Arts & Humanities Research Board grants: a Research Leave award (£12,035; 2002), and a Small Grant for the Creative and Performing Arts (£3,169; 2001).

'As close to a definitive book on community music as we are likely to see for some time.… [McKay’s chapter] is a short history of the movement (and an admirable introduction to its philosophy).'--Andrew Peggie, Sounding BoardJoint editor, with Pete Moser. Community Music: A Handbook (Lyme Regis: Russell House, 2005). Includes nine chapters, 50+ b&w images and graphics, and a set of poems by Lemn Sissay.

Publication supported with funding from Arts Council England and Youth Music.

Issues-cover-web-useCo-editor with Neil Campbell and Jude Davies, Issues in Americanisation and Culture (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004). Includes editors’ introduction and conclusion, plus 15 chapters, 11 b&w images, index.

Supported with funding from two HEFCE Funding for the Development of Teaching and Learning 3 project grants, Americanisation and the Teaching of American Studies (AMATAS) project (£148,304; 2000-02. And a project extension award of £14,850; 2003).

journal co-editor 2002-10Founding co-editor, with Tim Jordan and Adam Lent, Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest (London: Routledge, 2002-10).

Proud to say that the journal is still going strong, up from originally two to four and now six issues a year. Over-wieldy sub-title dropped, fair enough (I guess). Today my role is a titular one, as a Consulting Editor.

'... an energetic tumble through 20th century English festival culture' CJ Stone, TLS Glastonbury: A Very English Fair (London: Victor Gollancz, 2000). Includes well over 100 colour and b&w images and photographs, and a 30-page insert timeline of festival culture since the 1950s.


'the definitive guide to the story so far...' The IndependentEditor, DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain  (London: Verso, 1998). Includes editor’s introduction, 10 chapters, a set of cartoons, 25+ b&w images and photographs, index.

Chinese translation 2008.

Yankee-Go-Home-coverEditor, Yankee Go Home (& Take Me With U): Americanization & Popular Culture (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997). Includes editor’s introduction, eight international chapters, one b&w image, index.

Published with the support of a European Association for American Studies publication subvention ($1,300; 1994).

Republished by Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

'The secret history of the last two decades' Jon SavageSenseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties (London: Verso, 1996). Includes 20+ b&w images and photographs, index.

What is it they say? ‘You’re only ever as good as your first book…’ This is where it all started, for me.

Italian translation (two editions).