London Review of Books shop window with  Sex Pistols  by John Scanlan, 2016 (Photo: Howard Trent)

London Review of Books shop window with Sex Pistols by John Scanlan, 2016 (Photo: Howard Trent)

John Scanlan is writer and researcher working in cultural history, with specific interests in ‘waste’, memory, music, and place. 

His books include On Garbage (2005), a philosophical essay on the many lives and meanings of waste, Memory: Encounters with the Strange and the Familiar (2013), and Easy Riders, Rolling Stones (2015), which is currently being adapted for a film — titled 'Road Music' — by Los Angeles-based film director, Alex Harvey. His work has also been published in academic journals, magazines, and in a number of foreign language editions.

Since 2009 he has been Series Editor of Reaktion Books' Reverb series, which publishes studies of the relationship between music and place, most of which are written by leading academics.