What I teach
What is the 'popular' in Popular Music? How can you tell who is a musical genius? Why are there no women rock gods? Where do old punks go and why is Goth still Goth? These are some of the questions that I deal with in the modules I teach and they offer you the chance to think about and question some your views on music.
Outline of experience in field
I used to play keyboards and was the owner of a rather fine Hammond but now I write and read about music. My research has covered Dolly Parton, Grace Jones, PJ Harvey and Gorillaz and I am co-authoring a book called "Rock On: Women, Ageing and Popular Music" which will be published in 2012.
What music excites me and why
I am excited by three different types of music; music to mope too, music to dance too and music to be besieged by. I am a sucker for melancholic music and have far too many albums by sad singer-songwriters like Elliott Smith. For dancing it has to be Fela Kuti, early disco and P funk and for ear assault anything from Led Zep to Nick Cave or Queens of the Stone Age.
Recommend one piece of media to absorb this year and why
If you get the chance to listen to the whole album by Warpaint this year then do it: it is not mopey, you can't dance to it and it's not loud - but it is good.