Dr John Williamson
- Lecturer (Music)
telephone: 0141 330 7414
- 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
I am course leader on the following undergraduate courses:
- Popular Music Politics
and contribute to these ones:
- Dissertation in Music
- Writing the Arts and Humanities
- Music Criticism Theory and Practice
- Music of Scotland in the Long Eighteenth Century
I teach on the MLitt Music Industries course as course leader on:
- Contemporary Music Industries
- Placement (Music industries)
and teach on:
- Working in Music Since 1800
- Introduction to Popular Music Studies
I also contribute occasionally to the MMus Musicology PGT course.
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.