Dr Adam Behr
Lecturer in Contemporary and Popular Music
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3478
- Personal Website: http://livemusicexchange.org
- Address: International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS)
School of Arts and Cultures,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
Adam Behr teaches and researches in the interdisciplinary field of Popular Music Studies, with an emphasis on the intersections between the creative industries, cultural policy, music and politics. He is also interested in the sociology and history of popular music and their relationship to the politics of popular culture.
Following a PhD on the social dynamics of rock bands at the University of Stirling, he has researched and published on the popular music of the mid-twentieth to twenty first centuries, cultural policy, music and politics, and the music industries.
Prior to joining Newcastle University, he taught widely across Popular Music Studies and Media Studies at Stirling University, the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and City University (London).
He is a co-director of the Live Music Exchange - a knowledge exchange body that builds bridges between academics, industry and policymakers. In addition to academic writing, he writes extensively for the web, as an editor and contributor to the Live Music Exchange site, for The Conversation and elsewhere.
- International Association for the Study of Popular Music
- Royal Musical Association
- Political Studies Association
- City of Edinburgh Council 'Music is Audible' working group
- Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Culture
- Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Music
- Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
- Music Impact Champion
Adam Behr's research lies broadly within the interdisciplinary field of Popular Music Studies. Key areas of interest include:
- The music industries
- Cultural policy
- The intersection of music and politics
- The sociology and history of popular music
Current work includes:
- 'The UK Live Music Census': An AHRC funded exercise to gather data about live music across the UK. The words first national live music census. http://uklivemusiccensus.org/
- 'Facilitating Music Tourism for the Creative Economy': An investigation of the beneficiaries of music tourism designed to inform policymakers about the concerns of music and tourism-related business. Funded by the AHRC and National Productivity Investment Fund
- An examination of the musical components of UK General Election Campaigns.
Previous work includes:
- The Edinburgh Live Music Census
- From Pub to Stadium: The ecology of public and commercial investment in British live music venues. (Part of the AHRC's Cultural Value Project)
- The cultural value of live music: A Case Study of Enthusiast, State-funded, and Commercial Events at the Queen's Hall (Part of the AHRC's Cultural Value Project).
- Scotland On Tour: Strategies for Promoting the Scottish Music Industry Within and Outwith Scotland. (AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowship)
- An investigation and typology of Edinburgh's open mic nights.
- The social dynamics of rock bands
Current PhD supervisions:
- Chris Whiting: Theorising songwriting, industry and autoethnography
- Emil Thompson: Rural grassroots music collectives, social renewal and cultural policy.
- Stephanie Naisbett: The role of narrative in the work of Kate Bush
- Introduction to Popular Music Studies (module leader)
- Issues in Popular Music Culture (contributor- module inactive 2018/19 academic year)
- Popular Music and Media (contributor)
- The Folk Revival (contributor)
- Music, Politics and Policy (module leader)
- Popular Music Policy: Case Studies and Context
- Advanced Popular Music Studies (MMUS elective - inactive 2018/19 academic year)
- Webster E, Brennan M, Behr A, Cloonan M, Ansell J. Valuing live music: The UK Live Music Census 2017 report. 2018.
- Behr A, Cloonan M. Going Spare: Concert tickets, touting and cultural value. International Journal of Cultural Policy 2018, epub ahead of print.
- Behr A. Scottish Celtic Music. In: Horn D; Shepherd J, ed. Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. London; New York: Bloomsbury - Continuum Books, 2017.
- Behr A, Negus K, Street J. Copy rights: The Politics of Copying and Creativity. Political Studies 2018, 66(1), 63-80.
- Negus K, Street J, Behr A. Copying, copyright and originality: imitation, transformation and popular musicians. European Journal of Cultural Studies 2017, 20(4), 363-380.
- 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. Poole, England: Political Studies Association/ Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, 2017, pp.134-134.
- Behr A, Negus K, Street J. The Sampling Continuum: musical aesthetics and ethics in the age of digital production. Journal for Cultural Research 2017, 21(3), 223-240.
- 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. [Book Review] Reverberations: The Philosophy, Aesthetics and Politics of Noise. Edited by Michael Goddard, Benjamin Halligan and Paul Hegarty. New York and London: Continuum, 2012. xiii + 287 pp. ISBN 978-1-4411-6065-2, [and] Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Music. Edited by Michael Goddard, Benjamin Halligan and Nicola Spelman. New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2013. xiv + 375 pp. ISBN 978-1-4411-5937-3. Popular Music 2016, 35(1), 136-139.
- 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, Cloonan M. Establishing a Music Vitality Index for Scotland. Edinburgh, UK: Creative Scotland, 2015.
- 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.
- Behr A. [Book Review] Remembering Woodstock. Edited by Bennett Andy. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004. xxi + 159 pp. ISBN 0 7546 0713 5. Popular Music 2007, 26(3), 525-528.
- Behr A. [Book Review] The Rolling Stones: An Oral History. By Alan Lysaght. Toronto: McArthur and Company, 2003. 310+v pp. ISBN 1-55278-392-8 (paperback). Popular Music 2006, 26(1), 189-91.
- Behr A. [Book Review] The Cambridge Companion to the Guitar. Edited by Victor Anand Coelho. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 278 pp. ISBN 0–521–00040–8. Popular Music 2004, 23(3), 389-91.
- Behr A. [Book Review] The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock. By John Harris. London: Fourth Estate, 2003. 448 pp. ISBN 0-00-713472-X. Popular Music 2004, 23(2), 224-227.
- Behr A. [Book Review] Karaoke Nights: An Ethnographic Rhapsody. By Rob Drew. Atamira Press, 2001. 160 pp. ISBN 0759100470. Popular Music 2004, 23(1), 97-98.