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). 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 education consultant – recently advising on the role of popular music in the new A Level curriculum. He is currently working the Bloomsbury Handbook of Rock Music Research alongside Prof. Allan Moore.

Research interests

I occasionally work 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). I have also recently acted as a consultant for both Edexel and the Arts Council of Wales on ways in which the A Level school music curriculum can resonate more closely with the university sector. Regarding my work on Frank Zappa, I acted as an advisor on a recent edition of the American TV series History Detectives, when the programme investigated the authenticity of one of Frank Zappa’s paintings. I also regularly undertake peer reviews for research projects and journals, with recent activities including reviews for the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, the Brock Review, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Higher Education Academy.

Research output

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

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. The Bloomsbury Handbook of Rock

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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