Ross Cole

Research Fellow
Faculty of Music
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My interests extend from the fin de siècle to the 21st century, with a focus on experimental music, the politics of mass culture, and the poetics of song. I've written some things about Steve Reich, cultural Marxism, blues and racialization, folk revivalism, fascism, Nick Cave, Stravinsky, and the historiography of popular music. Forthcoming projects include a co-edited volume entitled Remixing Music Studies, for which I’m contributing a chapter on ecological musicology.

I studied at the University of Cambridge (PhD 2015, King’s College), the University of York (MRes 2010), and the University of Oxford (BA 2009, Christ Church), where I graduated with the Gibbs Prize. I also hold an LRSM in saxophone performance.

Before taking up a four-year Fellowship in 2017 I was a Temporary Lecturer at Cambridge and received the Faculty of Music’s Teaching Prize for courses on 1960s countercultures and popular music of the black Atlantic.

  • 'For an Ecological History of Twentieth-Century Music.' In Remixing Music Studies: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Cook, ed. Ananay Aguilar, Eric Clarke, Ross Cole, and Matthew Pritchard (London: Routledge, forthcoming).
  • 'Traversing the Great Divide? Stravinsky, Modernism, Mass Culture.' In Stravinsky in Context, ed. Graham Griffiths (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
  • 'On the Politics of Folksong Theory in Edwardian England.' Ethnomusicology 63/1 (forthcoming).
  • '"Join That Troubled Chorus": Nick Cave, the Bad Seeds, and the Blues.' In Mute Records: Artists, Business, History, ed. Zuleika Beaven, Marcus O'Dair, and Richard Osborne (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming).
  • 'Vernacular Song and the Folkloric Imagination at the Fin de Siècle.' 19th-Century Music 42/2 (forthcoming).
  • 'Notes on Troubling "the Popular".' Popular Music 37/3 (forthcoming).
  • 'Mastery and Masquerade in the Transatlantic Blues Revival.' Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 143/1 (2018): 173–210.
  • 'Industrial Balladry, Mass Culture, and the Politics of Realism in Cold War Britain.' Journal of Musicology, 34/3 (2017): 354–390.
  • '"Sound Effects (O.K., Music)": Steve Reich and the Visual Arts in New York City, 1966–68.' Twentieth-Century Music, 11/2 (2014): 217–244.
  • '"Fun, Yes, but Music?" Steve Reich and the San Francisco Bay Area’s Cultural Nexus, 1962–65.' Journal of the Society for American Music, 6/3 (2012): 315–348.