Dr John Williamson
- Research Associate (Music)
telephone: 0141 330 7414
I joined the University as a research associate on the AHRC / ESRC funded Musicians' Union: A Social History project in April 2012.
After finishing my undergraduate degree here in 1989, I have subsequently worked, in various combinations, as a journalist (mainly for The Herald but also the Evening Times and The List magazine), concert promoter / festival organiser (New Music World, The 13th Note, Sound City, Ten Day Weekend) and band manager (most notably for bis between 1995-1999 and Belle and Sebastian between 2006-2012). In the process, I have been a director of numerous companies and was one of the founders of the Glasgow record retailer, Monorail.
I was also member of the judging panel for the Mercury Music Prize between 2004 and 2006 and, more recently, have been chair of the judging panel for the Scottish Album of the Year awards since its inception in 2012.
In amongst all this, I completed (slowly) a PhD on Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship and Rent-Seeking in the Music Industries in 2010 and also taught part-time at Queen Margaret University (where I did my PhD) and at University of Glasgow, where I taught on the University's first Popular Music Studies courses (in the then Department of Adult and Continuing Education) and subsequently on the M.Litt (Popular Music Studies).
I even managed, for a spell, even managed to hold down a full-time position at University of the West of Scotland (teaching Media and Commercial Music) between 2004 and 2006.
Although my work now is predominantly research, I co-ordinate and supervise undergraduate dissertations in Music and continue to teach on the music industries and popular music history parts of the M.Litt (Popular Music Studies).
popular music, popular music history, trade union history, copyright and intellectual property, entrepreneurship, music industries, popular music politics, journalism, cultural and creative industries.
Chris Adams (PhD) Content, Creation Consumption: The Globally Local role of the industrialised musician