Dr John Williamson

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

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

Research interests

Popular music history
The music industries
copyright and intellectual property
musical work
trade unions and musical organisations
musicians and politics  
Criticism and writing about music
Music on television
Entrepreneurship and music/ creative industries


Supervision

Chris Adams (PhD on the musicians’ industry)


Teaching

I am course leader on undergraduate courses:

Dissertations (Music)
Advanced Music Project
Popular Music Politics

and teach on:

Writing the Arts and Humanities

I teach / supervise on the postgraduate (MLitt Music Industries) courses:

Working in Music Since 1800
Introduction to Popular Music Studies
Contemporary Music Industries
Placement (Music industries)
Dissertations


Additional Information

I have been Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Popular Music Studies in the School of Culture and Creative Arts since September 2016.

Prior to that, I spent four years as researcher on an AHRC funded project looking at the history of the British Musicians' Union. This ended with a book, Players' Work Time (co-written with Martin Cloonan) a conference in Glasgow in 2016 and an exhibition which has been shown in Glasgow, London and Manchester. (see www.muhistory.com).

I did my PhD at Queen Margaret University (completed in 2010) on Intellectual Property, Rent Seeking and Entrepreneurship in the Music Industries; my undergraduate studies (at Glasgow) were in English Literature and Politics.

For most of the period between the two degrees, I was mainly self employed as a journalist (mainly for The Herald newspaper) and as a manager of a number of Glasgow based bands, most notably bis and Belle and Sebastian. I also dabbled in gig and festival promotion, research and consultancy, sports writing and pub management with varying degrees of success.

I started teaching part-time at the University of Glasgow in 2002 and taught a number of music and journalism related courses in the Department of Adult and Continuing Education over a period of seven years. While doing my PhD I also lectured at both Queen Margaret University and, between 2004-6 on the University of Paisley / West of Scotland’s Commercial Music degree.


Publications

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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. ISBN 9781472467324 (In Press)

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 Sat Dec 9 10:35:00 2017 GMT.
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. ISBN 9781472467324 (In Press)

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 Sat Dec 9 10:35:00 2017 GMT.