University of Tampere
Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) in cooperation with the New Social Research Programme (NSR)
Speakers Series 2017-2018, Spring
On the History of the Musicians' Union in the UK
This talk reports and critiques some of the findings of a recent project on the history of the British Musicians' Union (www.muhistory.com). It examines the notion of musicians as workers and places this in the context of current debates about the so-called "gig economy". Professor Martin Cloonan is Director of the Turku Institute fort Advanced Studies (TIAS). His research interests focus on the politics of popular music and the political economy of the music industries, especially live music. Recently funded work includes the UK Live Music Census (www.uklivemusiccensus.org) and the history of the British Musicians' Union (www.muhistory.com).
Key publications include: Williamson, J. and Cloonan, M. (2016). Players’ Work Time: A history of the British Musicians’ Union, 1893-2013. (Manchester: Manchester University Press) Homan, S., Cloonan, M. and Cattermole, J. (2015) Popular Music Industries and the State: Policy Notes. (London: Routledge). Frith, S. Brennan, M., Cloonan, M., and Webster, E. (2013). The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume 1: 1950-1967: From The Dance Hall to the 100 Club. (Farnham: Ashgate). Johnson, B. and Cloonan, M. (2008) Dark Side of The Tune: Popular Music and Violence (Aldershot: Ashgate) Cloonan, M. (2007) Popular Music and The State in the UK (Aldershot: Ashgate). Cloonan, M. and Garofalo, R. (ed) (2003) Policing Pop (Philadelphia: Temple University Press). Cloonan, M. (1996) Banned! Censorship of Popular Music in Britain; 1967-1992, (Aldershot: Arena).
What is the Speakers Series of the University of Tampere?
- The Speakers Series is a series of Studia Generalia Lectures in the Study of Society organized weekly by the University of Tampere Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) in cooperation with the New Social Research Programme (NSR). The lectures are given by the Research Fellows as well as the distinguished guests of the IASR and the NSR. For the programme, please check the IASR website www.uta.fi/iasr/lectures/.
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