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Dr Stephen Graham

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PositionLecturer in Music, BMus Music Admissions Tutor, Exams Officer, Personal Tutor Year One Popular Music
Department Music
Email s.graham (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7194
Dr Stephen Graham

Stephen studied at University College Dublin (BMus) and King’s College London (MMus) before coming to Goldsmiths in 2008 to pursue PhD research with Keith Potter and Keith Negus. Stephen completed his PhD in September 2012. His thesis drew together his interest in popular and art musics in its examination of a range of ‘underground’ musical genres and practices.

Stephen's book Sounds of the Underground was published by University of Michigan Press in May 2016. Stephen recently competed a chapter on Popular Modernism for Routledge. His article on X Factor and reality television appeared in the January 2017 issue of Popular Music, and a piece on form in Justin Timberlake was published in American Music in 2015.

Stephen co-hosts the podcast, Talking Musicology, with Liam Cagney.

Teaching

Popular Music Contexts; Approaches to Contemporary Music (Year 1); Aesthetics, Meaning and Culture; Music and Identity (Year 2); Research Essay; Music/Modernities; Outsider Sound (Year 3); MA Dissertation Supervision.

Featured works

  • ‘From Microphone to the Wire: Cultural Change in Independent Music Publishing in the 1970s and early-1980s’. Invited paper in the Music Colloquia series at University of Nottingham, October 2016.
  • ‘Popular Modernisms and Fringe Avant-Gardes’. Invited paper in the Musicology Forum at University College Dublin, March 2016.
  • ‘High, Fringe and Mass Avant-Gardes: On Critique in 21st Century Music’. Presented at Retheorising the Avant-garde Today: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, a symposium held at King’s College, Cambridge, 12-13 December 2015.
  • ‘Institutional and non-institutional contemporary music: Crumbs from the table(s)?,’ Classical music, critical challenges, 17th October 2014, King’s College London.
  • ‘Retromania in the No-Audience Underground,’ Musical Materialities in the Digital Age, University of Sussex, 27-28 June 2014.
  • ‘Notes from Underground: Political and aesthetic issues with underground music’. Invited paper in the research series at City University, London, March 2013.
  • ‘Speculative Realism and Compositions 1960’, La Monte Young’s Compositions 1960, University of Huddersfield, May, 2010. 
  • ‘Experimental, and Popular, Music’, Society of Musicology in Ireland Postgraduate Conference, Maynooth University, January 2009.

Research Interests

Twentieth and twenty-first century music, including underground, experimental, popular, and art musics; music and cultural theory/philosophy; music and politics; modernism, postmodernism and beyond postmodernisms; analysis; music journalism.

 

Publications

Book

Sounds of the Underground: A Cultural, Political and Aesthetic Mapping of Underground and Fringe Music
Graham, Stephen. 2016. Sounds of the Underground: A Cultural, Political and Aesthetic Mapping of Underground and Fringe Music. Michigan: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-11975-2

Book Section

Historical Documents of the Irish Avant-Garde
Graham, Stephen. 2015. Historical Documents of the Irish Avant-Garde. In: Jennifer Walshe, ed. Historical Documents of the Irish Avant-Garde. Aisteach Foundation.

The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland
Graham, Stephen. 2013. The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland. In: Harry White and Barra Boydell, eds. The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland. University College Dublin Press. ISBN 9781906359782

Article

The X Factor and Reality Television: Beyond Good and Evil
Graham, Stephen. 2016. The X Factor and Reality Television: Beyond Good and Evil. Popular Music, 36(1), pp. 6-20. ISSN 0261-1430

Boogie Nights: Joe Cutler, Danserye: Michael Wolters, Kathrine and Peter Play the Recorder: Michael Wolters (CD Review)
Graham, Stephen. 2015. Boogie Nights: Joe Cutler, Danserye: Michael Wolters, Kathrine and Peter Play the Recorder: Michael Wolters (CD Review). Tempo, 69(272), pp. 80-83. ISSN 0040-2982

Frank Zappa and the And. Edited by Paul Carr (Book Review)
Graham, Stephen. 2015. Frank Zappa and the And. Edited by Paul Carr (Book Review). Popular Music, 34(1), pp. 147-150. ISSN 0261-1430

Justin Timberlake’s Two-Part Complementary Forms: Groove, Extension, and Maturity in Twenty-First-Century Popular Music
Graham, Stephen. 2014. Justin Timberlake’s Two-Part Complementary Forms: Groove, Extension, and Maturity in Twenty-First-Century Popular Music. American Music, 32(4), pp. 448-474. ISSN 0734-4392

Untroubled Pathways (Record Review)
Graham, Stephen. 2014. Untroubled Pathways (Record Review). Tempo, 68(267),

'Popular Music and Television in Britain' Ian Inglis (ed.). (Book Review)
Graham, Stephen. 2013. 'Popular Music and Television in Britain' Ian Inglis (ed.). (Book Review). Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, 7(1), pp. 83-88. ISSN 1753-0768

Beyond the Postmodern: Music and Theory at the Start of History
Graham, Stephen. 2011. Beyond the Postmodern: Music and Theory at the Start of History. The Musicology Review(7),

David Toop, Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener (2010) (Book Review)
Graham, Stephen. 2011. David Toop, Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener (2010) (Book Review). Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland(6), pp. 93-100.

Ronald Schleifer, Modernism and Popular Music (Cambridge: 2011) (Book Review)
Graham, Stephen. 2011. Ronald Schleifer, Modernism and Popular Music (Cambridge: 2011) (Book Review). Popular Music, 32(3),

(Un)Popular Avant-Gardes: Underground Popular Music and the Avant-Garde
Graham, Stephen. 2010. (Un)Popular Avant-Gardes: Underground Popular Music and the Avant-Garde. Perspectives of New Music, 48(2), pp. 5-20. ISSN 0031-6016

August Halm, A Critical and Creative Life in Music (University of Rochester Press, 2009) (Book Review)
Graham, Stephen. 2009. August Halm, A Critical and Creative Life in Music (University of Rochester Press, 2009) (Book Review). The Musicology Review(6),

Thesis

Notes from the underground: a cultural, political, and aesthetic mapping of underground music
Graham, Stephen. 2012. Notes from the underground: a cultural, political, and aesthetic mapping of underground music. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London