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Mini-Hartley Residency with Dr Matt Brennan, University of Glasgow Seminar

Dr Matt Brennan
14:45 - 17:00
5 May 2021
online event (Microsoft Teams)

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Hettie Malcomson at .

Event details

The music department is delighted to welcome Dr Matt Brennan for an online Mini-Hartley Residency

14:45 – 15:45pm - student session: Kick It: A Social History of the Drum Kit

16:00 – 17:00 - talk: The cost of music

A world where music does not have an environmental impact is a world without music. I do not want a world without music, and it is not my intention to ruin one of life’s great pleasures – the enjoyment of music – by pointing out its environmental cost. However, if we are to have any hope of addressing the global challenge of climate change, we urgently need to become more mindful of the cost of the whole range of production and consumption behaviours that we usually take for granted, including our participation in music. This talk therefore considers the music industries from the perspective of environmental sustainability. It also offers a critique of the assumption that the growth of these industries is an unquestionable good.

This public online event will take place on Microsoft Teams. If you are not a staff or student at University of Southampton and would like to attend, please contact Hettie Malcomson at 

Speaker information

Dr Matt Brennan, University of Glasgow. Matt Brennan is Reader in Popular Music and Convenor of the MSc Music Industries degree at the University of Glasgow. He has served as Chair of the UK and Ireland branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), and has authored, co-authored, and edited several books in the field of popular music studies. His latest book, Kick It: A Social History of the Drum Kit (Oxford University Press 2020), establishes the drum kit’s central role in shaping the history of music over the last 150 years; it was named one of the "best pop music books of 2020" by the Financial Times. His previous monograph, When Genres Collide (Bloomsbury 2017), was named as one of Pitchfork’s “Favourite Music Books of 2017” and was awarded the IASPM Canada Book Prize. He has also co-authored (with Martin Cloonan, Simon Frith, and Emma Webster) a three-volume History of Live Music in Britain (Routledge 2013; 2019; 2021).

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