I am a writer, editor and academic with interests in cultural history. As a lecturer and researcher I have, over the last two decades, worked in a number of UK universities, including the Universities of Glasgow, St Andrews, Bristol, and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Some of my writing – about art, music, time, place, media technology and material culture – has appeared in academic journals, such as History of the Human Sciences, Time & Society and Techniques & Culture, and in edited volumes, including Matthew Gandy and B.J. Nilsen’s The Acoustic City, and Roberto D'Arienzo and Chris Younes’ Recycler l'urbain: Pour une Écologie des milieux habités. In 2010, I helped to establish Reaktion Books' Reverb series, which publishes books on the relationship between music, performers and place. I am also the series editor.
I have written several books, including Memory: Encounters with the Strange and the Familiar (2013) and On Garbage (2005), a philosophical essay on the many lives and meanings of waste, and most recently a book about Malcolm McLaren and the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols, which – as you might have noticed in the image at the top of this page – is now available at the finest food outlets across the land. Another of my books, Easy Riders, Rolling Stones (2015), is the inspiration for a film currently in the works – titled 'Road Music' – which is being made by Alex Harvey.
I am currently a research fellow based in the School of Art, Design and Fashion at the University of Central Lancashire.