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.
He currently works as a Research Fellow with In Certain Places, a Curatorial Partnership at the University of Central Lancashire.