Prince and Popular Music: Critical Perspectives on an Interdisciplinary Life

After three years of development, I am absolutely delighted to announce the publication of Prince and Popular Music. The book emerged from the world’s first conference on the life and legacy of Prince which myself and Professor Mike Alleyne organised at the University of Salford. In this text, we provide an academic examination of Prince,Continue reading “Prince and Popular Music: Critical Perspectives on an Interdisciplinary Life”

School of Digital Arts (SODA)

It feels odd to share good news when so many people are suffering, but it’s now official, I’m moving on from the University of Salford in July. Salford has been such a massive part of my life- over half in fact! Back in 1995, as an undergraduate Media and Performance student, I fell in loveContinue reading “School of Digital Arts (SODA)”

Supermodels of the World: RuPaul’s Drag Race as International Phenomenon symposium

Due to disruptions caused by the current Coronavirus crisis, we have extended the deadline for abstracts for the 25th September 2020 symposium- Supermodels of the World: RuPaul’s Drag Race as International Phenomenon. Dependent on further developments, online participation may become our primary method for all to engage in this one day event. We will, ofContinue reading “Supermodels of the World: RuPaul’s Drag Race as International Phenomenon symposium”

The Legacy of Mad Men Cultural History, Intermediality and American Television.

In 2016, I co-organised Mad Men: The Conference at Middle Tenneesee State University, near Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The conference brought together scholars from around the world to discuss the cultural impact of the television series. This book is a collection of essays from the conference and is dedicated to the memory of Professor David Lavery,Continue reading “The Legacy of Mad Men Cultural History, Intermediality and American Television.”

In Conversation with Noel Gallagher.

It was a pleasure to interview Noel Gallagher at the iconic venue of Salford Lads Club – which is run by volunteers – with all profits from the evening going to support the youth club and the building itself. Tickets sold out in just one minute. Former Manchester City player Paul Lake introduced the event.Continue reading “In Conversation with Noel Gallagher.”

Girls on Film Live Podcast Recording

It was a pleasure to join host Anna Smith, BBC Asian Network’s Ashanti Omkar and Waad al-Kateab, director of the incredible documentary For Sama, to review current releases and discuss classic films from a female perspective. We previewed HOME’s Not Just Bollywood season, Jeanie Finlay’s Seahorse and paid tribute to the great Juliette Binoche byContinue reading “Girls on Film Live Podcast Recording”

SOUND AND VISION: Pop Stars on Film at HOME, Manchester.

Sound and Vision: Pop Stars on Film, July-August 2019 From the relatively early days of cinema, popular music figures have made forays into acting. Sound and Vision: Pop Stars On Film offers an overview of some of the most influential performances from a diverse range of cultural icons. Co-curated by Dr. Kirsty Fairclough, University ofContinue reading “SOUND AND VISION: Pop Stars on Film at HOME, Manchester.”

Pop Cultures: Women, Music and Celebrity at Celebrity Culture Club, AllBright, Mayfair, London.

It was a pleasure to speak at Celebrity Culture Club at the AllBright, Mayfair on Women, music and celebrity. The evening interrogated women’s status in the music industry from a variety of perspectives. In essence, the panel discussed the ways in which pop music culture circulates representations of women that both shape and reflect theirContinue reading “Pop Cultures: Women, Music and Celebrity at Celebrity Culture Club, AllBright, Mayfair, London.”

BATDANCE30ATL

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 notContinue reading “BATDANCE30ATL”

EYE NO Prince Lovesexy Symposium by Integrated Digital Media at NYU Tandon.

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, anContinue reading “EYE NO Prince Lovesexy Symposium by Integrated Digital Media at NYU Tandon.”