Dr John Williamson
- Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Popular Music Studies (Music)
telephone: 0141 330 7414
Popular music history
The music industries
copyright and intellectual property
trade unions and musical organisations
musicians and politics
Criticism and writing about music
Music on television
Entrepreneurship and music/ creative industries
I am course leader on undergraduate courses:
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)
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.