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 a number 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).  

Editor, 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).

Shakin’ All Over: Popular Music and Disability (Ann Arbor MN: University of Michigan Press, 2013. Corporealities: Discourses of Disability series.). 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.

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).

Editor, 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.

Circular 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).

Joint 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).

Curiously, perhaps, 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).