Category Archives: Lecture materials

Week 7 Lecture A materials: Disco and dancing



Richard Dyer (2002[1992]) ‘In Defence of Disco’  in Only Entertainment, London: Routledge [Google Books link]

New Formations (2006) ‘Of Borders and Discos’, Issue 58,

Jaap Kooijman (2005) ‘Turn the beat around Richard Dyer’s ‘In Defence of Disco’ revisited’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2, p.257-266, [alt link]

Nadine Hubbs  (2007) ‘”I Will Survive”: musical mappings of queer social space in a disco anthem’ Popular Music, 26, pp 231-244

Tim Lawrence (2011) “Disco and the Queering of the Dance Floor” in Cultural Studies, Vol 25, No 2, pp.230-243  [alt link]

Tim Lawrence (2009) “Beyond the Hustle: Seventies Social Dancing, Discotheque Culture and the Emergence of the Contemporary Club Dancer”, in Julie Malnig (ed) Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader.  Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 199-214. [link]

Tim Lawrence (2008) “Disco Madness: Walter Gibbons and the Legacy of Turntablism and Remixology”. Journal of Popular Music Studies, Vol 20, No 3,  276-329. [link]

Tim Lawrence (2006) “‘I Want to See All My Friends At Once’: Arthur Russell and the Queering of Gay Disco”, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Vol 18, No 2, 145-68. [link]

Brian Ward (1998) Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations, University of California Press. Chapter 11: “Take that to the bank”: corporate soul, black capitalism and disco fever”  [library link]

Week 6 Lecture B materials: Post-punk or rip it up and start again





David Hesmondhalgh (1997) ‘Post-Punk’s attempt to democratise the music industry: the success and failure of Rough Trade’ in Popular Music, Vol 16, Iss 3, pp 255-274, S0261143000008400

Simon Reynolds (2006) Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984, London: Penguin Books Ltd

Lucy O’ Brien (1995) She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop & Soul , London: Penguin.

Lucy O’Brien (2002), ‘The Woman Punk Made Me’, in Roger Sabin (ed) Punk Rock So What? London: Routledge

Week 6 Lecture A materials: Punk and art rock




Albiez, Sean (2009) ‘Punk After ‘Punk’ In The UK: 1978-1984’, unpublished book chapter,

Chambers, Ian (1985) Urban Rhythms: Pop Music and Popular Culture, Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Clark, D. (2003). “The Death and Life of Punk, the Last Subculture‟ in D. Muggleton and R. Weinzerl (eds.). The Post-Subcultures Reader. Oxford: Berg, p. 223-236

Hebdige, Dick (1979) Subculture: The Meaning of Style. London: Routledge.

Marsh, D (1983) The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, New York: Plume/Penguin.

Savage, Jon (1991/2010) England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, London: Faber & Faber.

Tsitsos, William (1999) ‘Rules of Rebellion: Slamdancing, Moshing and the American Alternative Scene’, Popular Music, Vol 18, No 3: 397–414.

Week 5 Lecture B materials: Heavy metal thunder




Philip Auslander (2006) Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music, University of Michigan Press

Andy Bennett (2000) Cultures of Popular Music, Open University Press, Chapter 3.

Tara Brabazon (2012) Popular Music: Topics, Trends & Trajectories, London: Sage (Chapter IV; Metal)

Marcus Breen (1991) ‘A Stairway To Heaven Or A Highway To Hell?: Heavy Metal Rock Music In The 1990s’, Cultural Studies, Vol 5, No 2, pp.191–203.

Roy Shuker (2001) Understanding Popular Music – 2nd Edition, London: Routledge (Chapters  8 and 12)

Lisa J. Sloat (1998) ‘Incubus: Male Songwriters’ Portrayal of Women’s Sexuality in Pop Metal Music’ in Jonathan Epstein (ed) Youth Culture: Identity in a Postmodern World, Malden, MA, Blackwell Publishers

Robert Walser (1993) Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music, Hanover: Wesleyan/University Press of New England.

Week 5 Lecture A materials: Progressive rock?


Screening material




Further reading

Chris Atton (2001). ‘Living in the Past’?: value discourses in progressive rock fanzines. Popular Music, 20, pp 29-46, 

Simon Frith (1978) The Sociology of Rock, London

Edward Macan (1997) Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Bill Martin (1996) Music of Yes: Structure and Vision in Progressive Rock, Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company

Bill Martin (1998) Listening to the Future: The Time of Progressive Rock, 1968–1978, Carus Publishing Company [Google books]

Week 4 Lecture A materials: Roots, rocks, reggae: the politics of Bob Marley



Further reading

Andy Bennett (2001) Cultures of Popular Music, Buckingham: Open University Press. Chapter 5 ‘Reggae and Rasta Culture’ [Google Books]

Lloyd Bradley (2001) Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King,  London: Penguin [Amazon]

Dick Hebdige (1979) Subculture: The Meaning of Style, Methuen,  Chapter 3.

Simon Philo (2011) ‘“They Got to Go”: Ska versus America’, in Response, Issue 9, [link]

Week 3 Lecture B materials: Afrobeat: and the politics of Fela Kuti



Wider reading:
Randall F Grass (1986) ‘Fela Anikulapo-Kuti: The Art of an Afrobeat Rebel’, The Drama Review: TDR, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Spring, 1986), pp. 131-148

Justin Labinjoh (1982) ‘Fela Anikulapo-Kuti: Protest Music and Social Processes in Nigeria’, Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1, (Sep., 1982), pp. 119-134,

Tejumola Olaniyan (2001) ‘The Cosmopolitan Nativist_ Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and the Antinomies of Postcolonial Modernity’, Research in African Literatures, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp.76-89,

Derek  Stanovsky (1998) “Fela and His Wives: The Import of a Postcolonial Masculinity.” Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, July 1998


Week 3 Lecture A materials: Soul, funk and protest

Lecture slides

Med332 soul, funk and protest (civil rights movement) from Rob Jewitt

Video playlist 

Audio playlist

Further reading

Paul Gilroy (2009) ‘”Get up, get into it and get involved” – Soul, Civil Rights and Black Power’ in John Storey (ed) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader – 4th Edition, Harlow: Pearson. Chapter 31

Brian Ward (1998) Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations, University of California Press. Chapters 5-9 [library link]

Craig Werner (2002) A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America, Edinburgh: Cannongate Books Ltd (section 1) [library link]

Joe Stuessy & Scott Lipscomb (2013) Rock and Roll: It’s History and It’s Stylistic Developments, Pearson – Chapter 9,  [library link]

Week 2 Lecture B materials: Music and the American counter-culture

These lecture slides may differ a little from Professor Storey’s presentation but they should be helpful.

Video playlist:

Recommended screening:

Born To Be Wild – The Golden Age of American Rock – Part 1 of 3. Broadcast 27th January 2014, BBC4 [show link]

Recommended reading:

Alf Louvre & Jeffrey Walsh (1988) Tell me lies about Vietnam: cultural battles for the meaning of the war, Milton Keynes: Open University Press [library link]

John Storey (2009) ‘Rockin’ Hegemony: West Coast Rock and Amerika’s War in Vietnam’ in John Storey (ed) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader – 4th Edition, Harlow: Pearson.

See also John Storey (2010) Culture and Power in Cultural Studies: The Politics of Signification, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Recommended listening