Dr Adam Behr
Lecturer in Contemporary and Pop Music
Dr Adam Behr is interested in the politics and sociology of music.
He is a founder, and co-director of the Live Music Exchange, a knowledge exchange and research body that builds bridges between academics, industry and policymakers.
He plays guitar and bass guitar and has an additional interest in film music.
- Research Associate/Module Co-Ordinator: University of Edinburgh
- Research Associate: University of Glasgow
- Senior Research Associate: University of East Anglia
- Visiting Lecturer: City University, London
- Teaching Fellow: University of Stirling
My research covers the politics and sociology of music, particularly popular music, and the music industries. Research topics to date have included:
- The cultural value of live music
- Digitisation, copyright and musical practice
- The relationships between venues, musicians and policymakers
- The social dynamics of rock bands
- The conventions of performance at open mic nights
My work also involves engagement with industry and government, at local, regional and national levels.
Current research projects include: http://uklivemusiccensus.org/
Director: Live Music Exchange (http://livemusicexchange.org)
Member of the City of Edinburgh Council 'Music is Audible' working group
Member: International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Member: Royal Musical Association
Current research includes a UK Live Music Census, with industry and policy partners. You can read more about this at: https://uklivemusiccensus.org/about/
Module Leader: MUS1014 - Introduction to the Study of Contemporary and Popular Music
Module Leader: MUS3029 – Music, Politics and Policy
Contributor: MUS2065 - Issues in Popular Music Culture
Co-ordinator for MMus Elective Option: Advanced Studies in Popular Music
Contributor to Music Masters Research Training
Currently supervising PhDs on:
- Embodied knowledge and the songwriting process
- The interface of contemporary music publishing and performance scenes with local policy
- Borrowed stories and narrative in the work of Kate Bush
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Behr A, Street J. Sound Bites: The Music of Election 2017. In: Thorsen, E; Jackson, D; Lillekar, D, ed. UK Election Analysis 2017: Media, Voters and the Campaign. Political Studies Association/ Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, 2017, pp.134.
- Behr A, Negus K, Street J. The Sampling Continuum: musical aesthetics and ethics in the age of digital production. Journal for Cultural Research 2017, Epub ahead of print.
- Behr A. Where the snowman meets the sunshine: The tensions between research, engagement and impact in cultural policy. Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 2017, 14(1), 352-375.
- Behr A, Brennan M, Cloonan M, Frith S, Webster E. Live Concert Performance: An Ecological Approach. Rock Music Studies 2016, 3(1), 5-23.
- Behr A, Webster E, Brennan M. Edinburgh Live Music Census 2015: Pilot Study. Edinburgh, UK: Live Music Exchange/University of Edinburgh, 2015.
- Behr A. Cultural Policy and the Creative Industries. In: John Shepherd and Kyle Devine, ed. The Routledge Reader on The Sociology of Music. New York and London: Routledge, 2015, pp.277-286.
- Behr A. Join Together With the Band: Authenticating Collective Creativity in Bands and the Myth of Rock Authenticity Reappraised. Rock Music Studies 2015, 2(1), 1-21.
- Behr A, Brennan M, Cloonan C. The Cultural Value of Live Music from the Pub to the Stadium: Getting Beyond the Numbers. Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2015.
- Behr A, Brennan M, Cloonan C. Cultural value and cultural policy: some evidence from the world of live music. International Journal of Cultural Policy 2014, 1-16.
- Behr A, Brennan M. The place of popular music in Scotland's cultural policy. Cultural Trends 2014, 23(3), 169-177.
- Behr A, Brennan M. Scotland on Tour: Strategies for Promoting the Scottish Music Industry Within and Outwith Scotland. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh/AHRC/Live Music Exchange, 2013.
- Behr A. The real "crossroads" of live music - the conventions of performance at open mic nights in Edinburgh. Social Semiotics 2012, 22(5), 559-573.