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Teaching

Simon’s lecturing began as a guest speaker at a variety of institutions, with audiences ranging from primary schoolchildren to Master’s students to an E.B.D school, where he spoke to emotionally and behaviourally disturbed children about his career as a music journalist. Simon has lectured on journalism at universities including Chester, Staffordshire and Salford, conducted many employability sessions at Manchester University and also given several masterclasses on music journalism for the Manchester City Music Network.

Simon has taught on the Popular Music and the Press module at Leeds University, and has also worked as an Associate Lecturer at the new Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University, lecturing around PR and marketing.

Research

Simon has presented his research into EDMC (electronic dance music culture) at conferences in the UK and overseas and has had papers published in journals such as Dancecult. His chapter ‘DJ-driven Literature: A Linguistic Remix’ formed part of the collection DJ Culture in the Mix, published by Bloomsbury in late 2013. He is currently working on a book for the Reaktion publishing house in the USA, looking at the place and function of the discothèque.

Books

Morrison, S. A., Dancefloor Driven Literature: The rave scene in fiction (New York, USA: Bloomsbury, 2020)
 
Morrison, S. A. and Chris Hart, eds., Tear Down The Wall:  An Interdisciplinary Interrogation of the Music and Significance of Pink Floyd (London: Routledge, 2021) 
 
Morrison, S. A., and Katie Milestone, Transatlantic Drift: The UK, US and the flows of electronic dance music  (London: Reaktion, forthcoming)

Book Chapters

Morrison, S. A., ‘Tramps Like Them: Jack and Bruce and the Myth of the American Road’, in Simon Warner and Jim Sampas eds., Kerouac on Record: A Literary Soundtrack (New York: Bloomsbury, 2018)
 
Morrison, S. A., ‘DJ-Driven Literature: A Linguistic Remix’, in Bernardo Alexander Attias, Anna Gavanas and Hillegonda C. Rietveld eds., DJ Culture in the Mix: Power, Technology and Social Change in Electronic Dance Music (London: Bloomsbury, 2013). pp. 219-314

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
 
Morrison, S. A., ‘Dancefloor-driven literature: subcultural big bangs and a new center for the aesthetic universe’, Popular Music, Volume 36.1 (The Critical Imperative), January 2017, 43-54
 
Morrison, S. A., ‘"Surely people who go clubbing don’t read”: Dispatches From The Dancefloor and Clubland in Print”’ in IASPM Journal, ed. C. Jacke, M. James & Ed Montano, 4.2, 2014

Published Work

Books

Morrison, S. A., Dancefloor-Driven Literature: The Rave Scene in Fiction (New York, Bloomsbury, 2020)

_____ and Chris Hart eds., Tear Down The Wall Pink Floyd: An Interdisciplinary Interrogation of the Music and Significance of Pink Floyd (London: Routledge, forthcoming) 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles 

Morrison, S. A., ‘Dancefloor-driven literature: subcultural big bangs and a new center for the aesthetic universe’, Popular Music, Volume 36.1 (The Critical Imperative), January 2017, 43-54

_____  ‘"Surely people who go clubbing don’t read”: Dispatches From The Dancefloor and Clubland in Print”’ in IASPM Journal, ed. C. Jacke, M. James & Ed Montano, 4.2, 2014

_____  ‘“Clubs aren’t like that” Discos, Deviance and Diegetics in Club Culture Cinema’, Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 4.2 (2012), 48–66

Book Chapters

Morrison, S. A., ‘Tramps Like Them: Jack and Bruce and the Myth of the American Road’, in Simon Warner and Jim Sampas eds., Kerouac on Record: A Literary Soundtrack (New York: Bloomsbury, 2018)

_____ ‘DJ-Driven Literature: A Linguistic Remix’, in Bernardo Alexander Attias, Anna Gavanas and Hillegonda C. Rietveld eds., DJ Culture in the Mix: Power, Technology and Social Change in Electronic Dance Music (London: Bloomsbury, 2013). pp. 219-314

Qualifications

  • B.A. (Hons) English and American Literature (University of Manchester)
  • University of Amsterdam - Erasmus Scheme, a year spent on an exchange scheme
  • M.A. in Novel Writing (University of Manchester)
  • PhD (Currently researching a PhD within the School of Music at the University of Leeds, looking at club culture and its representation in literature)