Below is a blog I posted this week for Live Music Exchange, a hub for live music research whose advisory board I joined in the summer. The blog, ‘Gig Going on London’s Periphery: Charting the Mainstream in the Margins’, touches on threats and opportunities relating to music performance and creative practice in London. In particular, it focuses on ongoing changes in the creative standing of west and south east London since the 1960s, taking as its starting point the contrasting fortunes of two Gaumont Palace cinemas (later Odeons) built in 1932, one in Hammersmith, the other in Lewisham.
This blog, originally posted on the University of Hull’s GEES-ology site, traces the slightly unconventional path that I took to being a music geographer. It takes in my lengthy, and stil ongoing, involvement with the Mercury Prize. Given that this year’s Mercury show takes place on Wednesday night at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London, it seems a vaguely appropriate time to re-post it here.
Given the current Commonwealth festivities in Glasgow it appears that aspects of my PhD, rather surprisingly, might be vaguely relevant. A slight turn-up.
Below is a short extract from it which details, among other things, the indirect role played by Frank Sinatra and The Blue Nile in there being such a thing as ‘Glasgow 2014’.