Dr John Williamson

  • Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Popular Music Studies (Music)

Research interests

  • Popular music history
  • Popular music politics
  • The music industries
  • Popular music on television
  • Music copyright and intellectual property
  • Criticism / writing about music 
  • Musical labour and trade unions

Supervision


Teaching

Undergraduate

I am course leader on the following undergraduate courses:

  • Dissertation in Music 
  • Advanced Music Project
  • Popular Music Politics

and teach individual classes on these ones:

  • Writing the Arts and Humanities
  • Music Criticism Theory and Practice
  • Music of Scotland in the Long Eighteenth Century 

Postgraduate

I teach on the MLitt Music Industries course as course leader on:

  • Contemporary Music Industries
  • Placement (Music industries)

and teaching indiviudual classes on:

  • Working in Music Since 1800 
  • Introduction to Popular Music Studies

I also contribute occasionally to the MMus Musicology PGT course.


Additional Information

Since 2016 I have been Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Popular Music Studies. 

My current research is on popular music as it appeared on television in Scotland between 1952 and 1985.

This is my second job at the University. 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.


Publications

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Number of items: 23.

2017

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2017) The music industries: theory, practice and vocations – a polemical intervention. In: Heile, B., Moreda Rodriguez, E. and Stanley, J. (eds.) Higher Education in Music in the Twenty-First Century. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 112-125. ISBN 9781472467324

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2017) Introduction. Popular Music and Society, 40(5), pp. 493-498. (doi:10.1080/03007766.2017.1351117)

2016

Williamson, J. C. (2016) Protecting Musicians from themselves? Critical reflections on 123 years of the Musicians’ Union. Royal Musical Association 52nd Annual Conference, Guild Hall, London, 02-05 Sep 2016. (Unpublished)

Williamson, J. and Cloonan, M. (2016) Players' Work Time: A History of the British Musicians' Union, 1893-2013. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526113948

Williamson, J. (2016) 'A thankless task' - ATP and independent festival promotion in the UK. Keep It Simple Make It Fast (KISMIF), Porto, Portugal, 17-22 Jul 2016. (Unpublished)

Williamson, J. (2016) Fighting on all Fronts: The Amalgamated Musicians' Union During the First World War. Business as Usual?: Institutional Impact in the First World War, University of Glasgow, UK, 02 Mar 2016. (Unpublished)

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2016) Keeping Music Live: The History of the Musicians' Union. [Exhibitions]

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2016) Workers or Capitalists? Reflections on Musicians as Employers. In: Working in Music: The Musicians’ Union, Musical Labour and Employment, Glasgow, Scotland, 14-15 Jan 2016,

2015

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2015) Workers as Capitalists? Some Reflections on Musicians as Employers. In: Capitalism, Culture and Media, Leeds, England, 7-8 Sep 2015,

Williamson, J. (2015) Artist managers and entrepreneurship: risk takers of risk averse? In: Dumbreck, A. and McPherson, G. (eds.) Music Entrepreneurship. Bloomsbury: London, pp. 87-112. ISBN 9781472525406

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.

2013

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2013) Researching The Musicians Union: Some Initial Findings. In: Musicians’ Union Conference, Manchester, England, Jul 2013,

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2013) Researching the British Musicians’ Union: Bridging Troubled Waters. In: 17th International conference (IASPM), Gijon, Spain, 24-28 Jun 2013,

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

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2012) Researching The Musicians' Union: Some Initial Thoughts On A Musical Community. In: IASPM UK and Ireland Conference, Manchester, England, Sep 2013,

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

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2009) Mapping the music industry in Scotland: building an industry or building an empire. In: Gyde, A. and Stahl, G. (eds.) Practising Popular Music. International Association for the Study of Popular Music: Montreal, pp. 129-138.

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.

This list was generated on Tue Aug 21 00:19:44 2018 BST.
Number of items: 23.

Articles

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2017) Introduction. Popular Music and Society, 40(5), pp. 493-498. (doi:10.1080/03007766.2017.1351117)

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.

Books

Williamson, J. and Cloonan, M. (2016) Players' Work Time: A History of the British Musicians' Union, 1893-2013. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526113948

Book Sections

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2017) The music industries: theory, practice and vocations – a polemical intervention. In: Heile, B., Moreda Rodriguez, E. and Stanley, J. (eds.) Higher Education in Music in the Twenty-First Century. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 112-125. ISBN 9781472467324

Williamson, J. (2015) Artist managers and entrepreneurship: risk takers of risk averse? In: Dumbreck, A. and McPherson, G. (eds.) Music Entrepreneurship. Bloomsbury: London, pp. 87-112. ISBN 9781472525406

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

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2009) Mapping the music industry in Scotland: building an industry or building an empire. In: Gyde, A. and Stahl, G. (eds.) Practising Popular Music. International Association for the Study of Popular Music: Montreal, pp. 129-138.

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 or Workshop Item

Williamson, J. C. (2016) Protecting Musicians from themselves? Critical reflections on 123 years of the Musicians’ Union. Royal Musical Association 52nd Annual Conference, Guild Hall, London, 02-05 Sep 2016. (Unpublished)

Williamson, J. (2016) 'A thankless task' - ATP and independent festival promotion in the UK. Keep It Simple Make It Fast (KISMIF), Porto, Portugal, 17-22 Jul 2016. (Unpublished)

Williamson, J. (2016) Fighting on all Fronts: The Amalgamated Musicians' Union During the First World War. Business as Usual?: Institutional Impact in the First World War, University of Glasgow, UK, 02 Mar 2016. (Unpublished)

Conference Proceedings

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2016) Workers or Capitalists? Reflections on Musicians as Employers. In: Working in Music: The Musicians’ Union, Musical Labour and Employment, Glasgow, Scotland, 14-15 Jan 2016,

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2015) Workers as Capitalists? Some Reflections on Musicians as Employers. In: Capitalism, Culture and Media, Leeds, England, 7-8 Sep 2015,

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2013) Researching The Musicians Union: Some Initial Findings. In: Musicians’ Union Conference, Manchester, England, Jul 2013,

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2013) Researching the British Musicians’ Union: Bridging Troubled Waters. In: 17th International conference (IASPM), Gijon, Spain, 24-28 Jun 2013,

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2012) Researching The Musicians' Union: Some Initial Thoughts On A Musical Community. In: IASPM UK and Ireland Conference, Manchester, England, Sep 2013,

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.

Exhibitions

Cloonan, M. and Williamson, J. (2016) Keeping Music Live: The History of the Musicians' Union. [Exhibitions]

This list was generated on Tue Aug 21 00:19:44 2018 BST.