I work on the theory, analysis and hermeneutics of recorded popular song. Historically, I specialise in the period 1955-80, geographically I am chiefly interested in the musics of the British Isles, North America and the Celtic lands of North-Western Europe, and in terms of praxis I am particularly focused on progressive rock and the folk song traditions of the British Isles. I am currently beginning work on a book exploring the changing styles of performance of English folk song from the 1950s to the present. I also have a lingering interest in the music of modernism, its analysis and cultural legacy.
Tony Whyton is Professor of Jazz Studies at BCU. His critically acclaimed books Jazz Icons: Heroes, Myths and the Jazz Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Beyond A Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album (Oxford University Press, 2013) have sought to develop cross-disciplinary methods of musical enquiry. As an editor, Whyton published the Jazz volume of the Ashgate Library of Essays on Popular Music in 2011 and continues to work as co-editor of the Jazz Research Journal (Equinox). In 2014, he founded the new Routledge series ‘Transnational Studies in Jazz’ alongside BCU colleague Dr Nicholas Gebhardt. Gebhardt and Whyton also edited The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music (Routledge) in 2015, a collection that explores the ways in which musician-led collectives offer a powerful model for rethinking jazz practices in the post-war period.
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Subsequent to my doctoral research, I changed tack towards researching popular music, with a particular interest in questions of meaning in recorded song. I was a founder member of the Critical Musicology Forum, was founding co-editor of the journal twentieth-century music and am or have been on various other journal and book editorial and advisory boards (Popular Music, Popular Musicology Online, the Journal of the Art of Record Production, the Journal of the Society for American Music, Rivista de Analisi e Teoria Musicale, El oído pensante, the University of Michigan Press book series Tracking Pop, and the Palgrave book series Pop Music, Culture, and Identity). I am currently co-ordinating editor of the journal Popular Music. I was series editor for Ashgate’s Library of Essays in Popular Music.