Dr Richard Elliott
Senior Lecturer in Music
Richard Elliott is Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of the BA in Contemporary and Poplar Music at the International Centre for Music Studies. He returned to ICMuS in 2016 after four years as Lecturer in Popular Music at the University of Sussex. Prior to that he combined teaching positions at ICMuS with work as a teacher of English for Academic Purposes at Newcastle University. Richard graduated from the University of Warwick in 1997 with a BA in Comparative American Studies. He completed his MA with the Open University, having turned his attention to the study of popular music. He then completed a PhD investigating aspects of loss in popular music under the supervision of Richard Middleton and Ian Biddle at ICMuS.
Richard is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM).
Richard Elliott is a cultural musicologist whose research to date has mostly explored how music reflects and produces time and space. In order to do this, he has studied issues such as loss, memory, nostalgia and revolution in popular music, theories of place and spatiality, musical materiality, and the ways in which music creates or evokes 'memory places' that are significant to individuals and communities. Just as important are the ways in which music soundtracks lives and histories and, to this end, Richard has explored the representation of time, age and experience in popular song. Recent work has explored relationships between sound, meaning and sense, sometimes through musical examples but also through the study of sound more generally.
Other areas of specialisation include
- popular music history
- recorded music (phonography)
- world music
- music and cultural theory
- urban musicology
- the poetics of song
- the politics of authenticity
Richard is the author of the books Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City (Ashgate, 2010), Nina Simone (Equinox, 2013), The Late Voice: Time, Age and Experience in Popular Music (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015) and The Sound of Nonsense (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). He has also published articles, book chapters and reviews on a range of topics, including popular music, literature, consciousness, memory, nostalgia, place and space, affect, language and technology.
Richard is currently conducting research on the materiality of song and on the representation of global popular musics in the phonographic era.Postgraduate Supervision
Richard supervises MA dissertations and PhD theses on areas relating to the topics above.
AHRC doctoral award.
MUS2083 American Popular Music (module leader)
MUS3009 Global Pop (module leader)
MMus elective: Popular Music and the Politics of Authenticity
MMus dissertation supervision
- Elliott R. The Sound of Nonsense. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
- Elliott R. Species of Sonic Spaces. Literary Geographies 2017, 3(1), 69-86.
- Elliott R. “My Tongue Gets t-t-t-”: Words, Sense and Vocal Presence in Van Morrison’s It’s Too Late to Stop Now. Twentieth-Century Music 2016, 13(1), 53-76.
- Elliott R. “Words Take the Place of Meaning”: Sound, Sense and Politics in the Music of Robert Wyatt. In: Marc I; Green S, ed. The Singer-Songwriter in Europe: Paradigms, Politics and Place. London: Routledge, 2016, pp.51-64.
- Elliott R. Across the Evening Sky: The Late Voices of Sandy Denny, Judy Collins and Nina Simone. In: Haworth, C; Colton, L, ed. Gender, Age and Musical Creativity. Abingdon: Ashgate/Routledge, 2015, pp.141-153.
- Elliott R. The Late Voice: Time, Age and Experience in Popular Music. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
- Elliott R. Words from the New World: Adventure and Memory in Patti Smith’s Late Voice. In: Chastagner C, ed. Patti Smith: Outside. Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2015, pp.113-135.
- Elliott R. “Time and Distance Are No Object”: Holiday Records, Representation and the Nostalgia Gap. Volume! 2014, 11(1), 131-143.
- Elliott R. The Choreography of Longing: Songs, Screens and Space in Carlos Saura’s Fados. Quaderns de Cine 2014, 9, 71-78.
- Elliott R. You can't just say “words”: Literature and Nonsense in the Work of Robert Wyatt. In: Carroll R; Hansen A, ed. Litpop: Writing and Popular Music. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014, pp.49-62.
- Elliott R. Nina Simone. London: Equinox, 2013.
- Elliott R. So Transported: Nina Simone, “My Sweet Lord” and the (Un)folding of Affect. In: Thompson, M; Biddle, I, ed. Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience. London: Bloomsbury, 2013, pp.75-90.
- Elliott R. Public consciousness, political conscience, and memory in Latin American nueva canción. In: Clarke D; Clarke E, ed. Music and Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.327-341.
- Elliott R. Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010.
- Elliott R. The Same Distant Places: Bob Dylan's Poetics of Place and Displacement. Popular Music and Society 2009, 32(2), 249-270.
- Elliott R. PHD Thesis: Loss, Memory and Nostalgia in Popular Song: Thematic Aspects and Theoretical Approaches. Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle University, 2008. International Centre for Music Studies.
- Elliott R. Popular Music and/as Event: Subjectivity, Love and Fidelity in the Aftermath of Rock ’n’ Roll. Radical Musicology 2008, 3.