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John Scanlan is writer and researcher working in cultural history and cultural aesthetics. 

His books include 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 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, including Time & Society, History of the Human Sciences, Space and Culture, Techniques & Culture, and others.

In 2010, he helped to create Reaktion Books' Reverb series (for which he is Series Editor), establishing a new outlet for writing about music.