Keith Negus has written books on Bob Dylan, the music industry (Music Genres and Corporate Cultures, Producing Pop) and creativity (Creativity, Communication and Cultural Value), and articles on various topics including musicians on television, globalization, narrative and the popular song, music genres, and cultural intermediaries. He was part of the Open University team that researched and wrote Doing Cultural Studies: The Sony Walkman Story and Production of Culture/ Cultures of Production.
He recently completed research on ‘Digitisation and the Politics of Copying in Popular Music Culture’ with John Street and Adam Behr as part of the CREATe programme.
He is currently researching the impact of digitalisation and streaming on the production, consumption and value of recorded popular music.
He is also writing a book on Asian and Eurasian popular music with Hyunjoon Shin, Sungkonghoe University.
Before joining the Music Department he spent four years in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths. Some time before this he drifted into higher education after a few years spent playing keyboards and guitar in a variety of bands. He gained a first class honours degree in Sociology from Middlesex University and then completed a PhD study of the music industry at South Bank University (published as Producing Pop). He also taught at the Centre for Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester and Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Puerto Rico.
He is a member of the Editorial Group of Popular Music (Cambridge University Press) and was Coordinating Editor between 2001 and 2013.
He is co-director of the Popular Music Research Unit and convenor of the MA Music (Popular Music Research).
Areas of supervision
Current PhD students and their fields of study
Emma Winston: Creativity, empowerment and community: the ukulele and expressions of marginalised identity
Ben Assiter: Electronic dance music culture in London and the space-time economy of the night
Alex De Lacey: The performance of grime music
Pete Gofton: Vinyl and the post-digital music industry
Christopher Hanby: The Revitalisation of the Endangered Language of Jèrriais: A study of music, language ideology, and cultural identity in Jersey
Wong Chun-Kwok: The Globalization of the Handpan
Selected recent presentations
Live music in the post-digital era, Public lecture, VELOSO@mangwon, Supported by Institute for East Asian Studies with Korean Association for the Study of Popular Music and Honguju Social Cooperative, Hongdae, Seoul, 28 October 2019.
Music media industries and creative production in the post-digital era, University Research Lecture, Communication University of China, Beijing, 25 October 2019
Post-digital divides and data dystopias, Forum on Smart Media Communication and the Future, Research Centre of Mobile Communication and Social Media, Communication University of China, Beijing, 23 October 2019.
How Bob Dylan changed popular music, in east and west, Public lecture, School of Music, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, 17 October 2019.
Musicians, creativity and monitory democracy in an age of digital abundance, Media in Transition: Democracy and Digital Media, Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA, 17-18 May 2019.
4000 years of the popular song: cosmopolitan creativity and Eurasian dialogues, Keynote Address, Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference, Communication University of China, Beijing, 9 June 2018.
Conglomerates, Countries and Cosmopolitans: Freedom and Constraint in the Digital Music Economy, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku, Finland, 30 April 2018.
From phonograph to phone, from product to content: new patterns of creativity and conflict in the popular music economy, European Communication Conference, Mediated (Dis)Continuities: Contesting Pasts, Presents and Futures, ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association), Prague, Czech Republic, 9-12 November 2016.
Impact, Knowledge Exchange, and Public Engagement: Musicians and Music Industry Research, Expert Symposium: The Future of the State Arts Universities in Austria, Österreichischer Wissenschaftsrat (Austrian Science Board), Vienna, 10-11 March 2016.
Creative Copying and the Inspiration of Imitation: Copyright and the Challenge of Post-authentic Originality Institute for East Asian Studies Guest Lecture, Sungkonghoe University, Seoul, South Korea, 27 April 2015.
The Semiotic Dialogues of the Popular Song, First International Conference on Humanities, The Role of Humanities in Contemporary Society: Semiotics, Culture, Technologies, International Semiotics Institute, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, 2-7 June 2014.
Struggling for Fun and Being Cheerful: Reflections on Frithism, Embedded Theory and Popular Music Studies, Studying Music, An International Conference in Honour of Simon Frith, University of Edinburgh, 10-12 April 2014.
Creativity, Interpretation and the Musical Text: Towards a Sociological Musicology of the Popular Song, Research Seminar, Institut für Musiksoziologie, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, Vienna, Austria, 28 November 2012.
Digitalization and the Proliferation of Intermediaries in the Music Industries, International Conference on ‘Intermediaries, Brokers, Gatekeepers and Prescribers: Key Actors of Artistic Creation’, University of Strasbourg, France, 20-22 June 2012.
Popstars, Paupers and Pro-Ams: Musicians and Money in the Digital Music Economy, Popular Music Seminar, University of Oslo, Norway, 22 May 2012.
Making it in the Big City: Small Town Boys, Country Girls and Suburban Dreamers, Experience Music Project Pop Conference, Sounds of the City, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, New York University, New York City, 22-25 March 2012.