Research areas

  • M Music - Musicologists, Popular Music

Research interests

Paul Carr is professor in Popular Music Analysis at the University of South Wales. His research interests focus on the areas of musicology, widening access, the music industry and pedagogical frameworks for music related education. He is also an experienced performing musician, having toured and recorded with artists as diverse as The James Taylor Quartet and ex Miles Davis saxophonist Bob Berg. His most recent publications include an edited collection on Frank Zappa (2014), two chapters in Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality (2016) and a monograph on Sting (2017) and a co-edited collection alongside professor Allan Moore—the Bloomsbury Handbook of Rock Music Research. He also works as a forensic musicologist/expert witness on a consultancy basis. Recent activity includes work for Warner Chappell and Universal Music on copyright infringement cases (including a major West End Show and a number of international recording artist recordings). He also acts as a music consultant – having advised on the role of popular music in the new A Level curriculum and written reports on the decline of instrumental tuition in Wales and the impacts of covid-19 on its music industries. He regularly contributes to public debates for the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee. 

Research output

  1. The Welsh Music Industries in a Post Covid World

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  2. Rock Music Pedagogy in the UK and US: Ignorance or Elitism

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. The Bloomsbury Handbook of Rock Music Research

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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