Dr John Williamson

  • Research Associate (Music)

telephone: 0141 330 7414
email: John.C.Williamson@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Biography

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). 

Research Interests

popular music, popular music history, trade union history, copyright and intellectual property, entrepreneurship, music industries, popular music politics, journalism, cultural and creative industries. 

Supervision

Current

Chris Adams (PhD) Content, Creation Consumption: The Globally Local role of the industrialised musician

Teaching

Additional information

 

 

 

Publications

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Number of items: 9.

2015

Williamson, J. (2015) For the benefit of all musicians? The musicians' union and performers' rights in the UK. In: Rahmatian, A. (ed.) Concepts of Music and Copyright: How Music Perceives Itself and How Copyright Perceives Music. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 167-193. ISBN 9781783478187

2014

Williamson, J. (2014) Co-operation and conflict: the British musicians' union, musical labour and copyright. MusiCultures, 41(1), pp. 73-92.

2012

Williamson, J., and Cloonan, M. (2012) Contextualising the contemporary recording industry. In: Marshall, L. (ed.) The International Recording Industries. Series: Routledge advances in sociology. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN 9780415603454

2011

Williamson, J., Cloonan, M., and Frith, S. (2011) Having an impact? Academics, the music industries and the problem of knowledge. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 17(5), pp. 459-474. (doi:10.1080/10286632.2010.550682)

2009

Frith, S., Cloonan, M., and Williamson, J. (2009) On music as a creative industry. In: Pratt, A.C. and Jeffcutt, P. (eds.) Creativity, Innovation and the Cultural Economy. Series: Routledge studies in global competition (46). Routledge, pp. 74-89. ISBN 9780415419758

2007

Williamson, J., and Cloonan, M. (2007) Rethinking the music industry. Popular Music, 26(2), pp. 305-322. (doi:10.1017/S0261143007001262)

2004

Cloonan, M., Williamson, J., and Frith, S. (2004) What is music worth? Some reflections on the Scottish experience. Popular Music, 23(2), pp. 205-212.

2003

Cloonan, M., and Williamson, J. (2003) Mapping the music industry in Scotland: building an industry or building an empire? In: 12th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), Montreal, Canada, 3-7 July 2003, pp. 129-138.

Williamson, J., Cloonan, M., and Frith, S. (2003) Mapping the Music Industry in Scotland: A Report. Project Report. Scottish Enterprise.

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Number of items: 9.

Articles

Williamson, J. (2014) Co-operation and conflict: the British musicians' union, musical labour and copyright. MusiCultures, 41(1), pp. 73-92.

Williamson, J., Cloonan, M., and Frith, S. (2011) Having an impact? Academics, the music industries and the problem of knowledge. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 17(5), pp. 459-474. (doi:10.1080/10286632.2010.550682)

Williamson, J., and Cloonan, M. (2007) Rethinking the music industry. Popular Music, 26(2), pp. 305-322. (doi:10.1017/S0261143007001262)

Cloonan, M., Williamson, J., and Frith, S. (2004) What is music worth? Some reflections on the Scottish experience. Popular Music, 23(2), pp. 205-212.

Book Sections

Williamson, J. (2015) For the benefit of all musicians? The musicians' union and performers' rights in the UK. In: Rahmatian, A. (ed.) Concepts of Music and Copyright: How Music Perceives Itself and How Copyright Perceives Music. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 167-193. ISBN 9781783478187

Williamson, J., and Cloonan, M. (2012) Contextualising the contemporary recording industry. In: Marshall, L. (ed.) The International Recording Industries. Series: Routledge advances in sociology. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN 9780415603454

Frith, S., Cloonan, M., and Williamson, J. (2009) On music as a creative industry. In: Pratt, A.C. and Jeffcutt, P. (eds.) Creativity, Innovation and the Cultural Economy. Series: Routledge studies in global competition (46). Routledge, pp. 74-89. ISBN 9780415419758

Research Reports or Papers

Williamson, J., Cloonan, M., and Frith, S. (2003) Mapping the Music Industry in Scotland: A Report. Project Report. Scottish Enterprise.

Conference Proceedings

Cloonan, M., and Williamson, J. (2003) Mapping the music industry in Scotland: building an industry or building an empire? In: 12th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), Montreal, Canada, 3-7 July 2003, pp. 129-138.

This list was generated on Tue May 24 07:01:58 2016 BST.