About

What is the series?

The British Pop Archive (BPA) is a dynamic series of short books published by Manchester University Press.

Drawing on a rich variety of sources including interviews, memoirs, recordings, images, press cuttings and other archival materials, the books will reflect and expand the Manchester-based British Pop Archive, which recently launched to much acclaim.

Telling untold stories from music, popular (and unpopular) culture and counterculture, the books will entertain and inform. At the same time, they will bring the archivist’s joy of uncovering long-hidden secrets and delving into dusty corners to an audience of retro culture vultures, music buffs and curious souls.

Working with an award-winning cover designer, we will be producing collectible, desirable volumes that every music-loving and pop-cultural enthusiast book-buyer will want to add to their own personal archive.

‘From the archive to the reader, the BPA book series uncovers the hidden histories.’ Jon Savage

Series editors

Doug Field

Doug Field is a senior lecturer in 20th-century American literature at the University of Manchester. He is chair of Manchester University Press’s editorial committee and also a co-founding editor of James Baldwin Review, an annual peer-reviewed journal. 
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Tom Attah

Dr Tom Attah is a performing musician, teacher in higher education and published author. He is Course Leader for BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance at Leeds Arts University.
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Kirsty Fairclough

Kirsty Fairclough is Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange and Professor of Screen Studies at the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University, Kirsty research is centered on the areas of celebrity studies, the audio visual mediation of popular music, (with an emphasis on the life and legacy of Prince) and gender representation in popular culture.
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Series editorial board

Elizabeth Alker

Elizabeth Alker is a broadcaster and journalist. She is the creator and host of (among other things) BBC Radio 3’s experimental music show Unclassified, having previously presented shows on BBC Radio 6 Music. She has produced and presented numerous arts and culture documentaries, and written for the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the NME and Dazed and Confused magazine. She is currently writing a book about the rich and broad debt that pop and rock owe to the classical canon. 

DJ Paulette

DJ Paulette is an award-winning international DJ, author of Welcome to the Club, radio presenter on BBC 6 Music and music industry professional with thirty years of experience. Her interest is in unearthing the hidden histories that give the existing stories a lot more colour and make the culture pop.   

Mark Duffett

Mark Duffett is Associate Professor in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Chester and has written books including Understanding Fandom and Counting Down Elvis.  

Karen Gabay

Karen Gabay is an award-winning filmmaker, TV producer, radio producer and curator. She specialises in Black music, Manchester histories and pop culture archives, with a focus on intergenerational work, women in music and music education. 

Chris Hawkins

Chris Hawkins is a DJ on BBC Radio 6 Music and presents the #1 podcast How To DJ. He is a notable new music champion and festival host. 

Emily Mackay

Emily Mackay is a writer and editor born in Scotland and based in Hertfordshire. She has written for the likes of the NME, Uncut, the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, the Quietus and others. The author of a 33 1/3 book on Björk’s Homogenic, she also served on the editorial board of the series for two years and currently works as a subeditor on the Guardian news desk. 

Christopher Pressler

Christopher Pressler is John Rylands University Librarian at the University of Manchester. He holds a chair at the University’s Institute of Cultural Practices and is one of the founders of the British Pop Archive at The John Rylands Research Institute and Library. 

Shara Rambarran

Shara Rambarran is Senior Lecturer in Music, Business and Media at the University of Brighton and author of Virtual Music: Sound, Music and Image in the Digital Era. She is the musicologist for Spotify’s award-winning Decode podcast series. 

Hillegonda Rietveld 

Hillegonda C. Rietveld is Professor of Sonic Culture at London South Bank University. An experienced editor, she has published extensively on electronic dance music and made inroads into the nascent field of electronic music, including game music. 

John Robb

John Robb is a journalist, broadcaster and musician. He is the author of Punk Rock: An Oral History and The Art of Darkness: The History of Goth and the founder of culture website louderthanwar.com. He plays in the post-punk band The Membranes. 

Jon Savage

Jon Savage is Professor of Popular Culture at the University of Manchester and co-founder of the British Pop Archive. His books include England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1987-1945, 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded and This Searing Light: The Oral History of Joy Division. His next book, The Secret Public: How LGBTQ Resistance Shaped Popular Culture (1955–1979) will publish in 2024. 

Veronica Skrimsjö

Veronica Skrimsjö is an author and academic. Her research is primarily concerned with record collecting and collecting cultures, materiality and aesthetics. One of her main aims is to highlight how diverse and active popular music fandom and consumption is. She has a clear focus on the listener and reader-response theories, questioning meta-narratives and exploring hidden histories. 

Adelle Stripe

Adelle Stripe is a writer and journalist. She is the bestselling author of two non-fiction books and was shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize, Gordon Burn Prize and Portico Prize for Literature. Adelle is a 2023 Burgess Fellow at the Centre for New Writing. She lives in West Yorkshire. 

Sini Timonen

Sini Timonen is Postgraduate Course Leader and Course Convenor of MA Popular Music Practice at BIMM University. Her research interests include 1960s popular music, gender and class in relation to popular music, career opportunities within contemporary music industries and person-centred approaches to learning and teaching. 

Roddy Hawkins

Roddy Hawkins is Lecturer in Music at the University of Manchester. His research and teaching focus on music, culture and society in post-sixties Britain. His current interests include material culture, musical literacy, the dislocation of the avant-garde and practices of consumption.