Andy Brown

Andy Brown has a BA (Hons) in Communications and Cultural Studies from the University of West of England and a PGCE (HE) from University College Cardiff.  He pursued M.Phil research into racism and political language at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at Warwick University, for three years under an ESRC studentship, and contributed to a programme on contemporary racism for Zee TV (a Leicester cable channel) in 1999. He was awarded a D.Phil from the Department of Politics and Sociology, Birkbeck College, University of London in 1997 and published a book (Ashgate) and an article (Ethnic and Racial Studies) in 1999.

Since 2001 he has researched and published widely in the area of popular music and post-subcultural studies, including chapters in The Post Subcultural Studies Reader (Berg 2003) and Youth Cultures (Routledge 2007). Most recently he has been researching the popular music tabloid magazine and heavy metal culture, publishing research in Journalism Studies (2007) and Mapping the Magazine (Routledge 2008). He gave a paper at the First International Conference on Heavy Metal Studies at Salzburg, Austria in 2008 and is to speak at a subsequent conference on Heavy Metal and Gender, Koln, Germany in October, 2009.

His current research (with C. Griffin of Bath University) involves the theme of class in critics’ representation of heavy metal bands and fans in popular music journalism (BSA Annual Conference 2009) and the strategies of female readers of metal magazines. Most recently he has contributed three entries (Thrash/Speed Metal, Grindcore and Power Metal) to the Continuum Encyclopedia of  Popular Music of the World, due to be published in 2009.

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