International Prince scholarship continues apace with the BATDANCE symposium at Spelman College, Atlanta. At the end of the month I'll be presenting on the the evolution of the Batman soundtrack album, the eleventh full-length studio album by Prince, and the first and only soundtrack album by Prince for a movie in which he was not … Continue reading BATDANCE30ATL
Following the success of the Prince From Minneapolis Symposium and in the next stage of the development of what we are now terming "Princecology", EYE NO Prince Lovesexy Symposium will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Prince’s tenth album, Lovesexy at NYU Tandon on June 1st and 2nd 2018. The symposium will consist of a reception, an … Continue reading EYE NO Prince Lovesexy Symposium by Integrated Digital Media at NYU Tandon.
I am soon to head to Minneapolis in my capacity as a consultant and speaker at the Prince From Minneapolis Symposium. The event will take place in the city that Prince was proud to hail from. Continuing to live and work there, he put the city firmly on the map of the music industry through … Continue reading Prince From Minneapolis
In quite a diversion from my normal academic life, next week I'll be speaking at the NME Flagship LIFEHACKS event at Islington Metalworks in London. The event, in partnership with The University of Salford and Create Jobs is a series of talks and panels designed to help young people kick-start their careers in the creative industries. … Continue reading NME LifeHacks. November 23rd 2017, Islington Metalworks, London.
I am delighted to announce my involvement, alongside my Purple Reign Conference co-organiser Professor Mike Alleyne, in the upcoming Prince From Minneapolis symposium in April 2018. Mike and I will act as consultants to the event which will investigate Prince’s unique relation to Minneapolis and Minnesota and will explore what demographic, cultural, and economic conditions were in … Continue reading Prince From Minneapolis: April 16th-18th 2018
I am so pleased to finally share news on The University of Salford's forthcoming Prince conference, this idea has been bubbling away for a while now and I am thrilled that we are only two months away from its realistion. Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince is a three … Continue reading Purple Reign.
I'm very pleased to announce the following call for papers: “Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince” A two-day international conference hosted by The School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK and the Department of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University, USA 24th- - 26th May 2017 Media City UK, … Continue reading Call for Papers “Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince”, Media City UK, University of Salford, Uk May 2017
Fans of R&B superstar Frank Ocean have been whipped into a frenzy. The release of Boys Don’t Cry, the follow-up album to 2012’s critically acclaimed Channel Orange, has been a long time coming. And after a series of cryptic clues hinted that the album was to be released on Friday August 5 turned out … Continue reading My take on why Frank Ocean is driving his fans crazy.
My colleague Dr Michael Goddard, Reader in Media at the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK and I have been awarded a grant from Santander Universities, for our scoping visit to Brazil in July, to develop an international research network (UK, Brazil and other countries) on the audiovisual mediation of popular music. … Continue reading Funding bid success! Brazil beckons!
Given the recent spotlight on Beyoncé's Super Bowl performance, I thought why not remind folks that our recently published The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015) presents research and findings in relation to expanded critical approaches to popular music, in the context of, and as prompted by the need to evolve … Continue reading The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment just published