Dr John Williamson
- Lecturer (Music)
Since 2019 I have been a Lecturer in Music.
Prior to that, I was Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Popular Music Studies between 2016-19, conducting research on popular music as it appeared on television in Scotland between 1952 and 1985.
Previously, I was research associate on an AHRC funded project examining the history of the British Musicians' Union.
Before that I spent twenty years largely self-employed doing various jobs in and around the music industries in Glasgow.
These incuded working as a journalist (for The Herald newspaper), band manager (for bis, Belle and Sebastian and others) and concert promoter / event organiser, often simultaneously. Inevitably, this has informed some of my research interests and teaching interests, and I completed my PhD in 2010 while doing a mixture of the above.
I have been chair of the judging panel for the Scottish Album of the Year award since it began in 2012
My research combines an interest in the political economy and business practices of the contemporary music industries within the wider context of the history and politics of popular music.
My PhD looked at the changes in the early C21st music industries from the perspectives of intellectual property, rent-seeking and entrepreneurship; my subsequent work has focused on the nature of musical labour and organisations during the twentieth century and I am currently completing a project on representations of Scottishness and popular music in the early days of television.
I am course leader on the Popular Music Politics undergraduate course.
I also teach on the Writing the Arts and Humanities course and supervise a number of undergraduate dissertations.
I teach on the MSc Music Industries programme as course leader on:
- Contemporary Music Industries
- Music Industries Project
- Music Industries Dissertation
- Popular Music Politics