Author Archives: Paul Carr

About Paul Carr

Academic working at the University of Glamorgan

Music Persona and Authenticity

In last weeks musicology session, we considered three main ways in which the person singing a song can be identified. These were The ‘Real’ Person/Performer singing/playing a song: For example David Jones, Reginald Kenneth Dwight, Gordon Sumner, Saul Hudson, The … Continue reading

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The Decline of Instrumental Tuition in Wales

Although it took place a few months ago, here are a few links related to the report I wrote a few months ago into the decline of instrumental teaching in Wales. The event took part at The Royal Welsh College … Continue reading

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The Impact of Musical Environment on Lyrics and Meaning

This post is directed mainly to my undergraduate musicology students, but I am sure other readers will find it of interest to. This week in our class, we discussed the various ways in which the ‘musical environment’ (the sounds and … Continue reading

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Zappa at the Paris Philharmonie:Report and Some Questions

I have spent the last few days at a conference in Paris at the Paris de Philharmonie. Although I have not focused on Zappa’s work for a couple of years, it was great to reconnect again  with friends such as … Continue reading

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Sting: The Last Post

Well, after four years of discussions, public lectures and a number of book launches, I am now down to my last few days of engaging with my hometown of Newcastle, via the lens of Sting. I am looking forward to … Continue reading

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Sting Book Launches: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold

Following on from the talks I have done in Newcastle and Bristol, during April, I have three talks coming up on my Sting book – from Northern Skies to Fields of Gold. The first is at Birmingham City University – … Continue reading

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History of Popular Music in Merthyr Tydfil Exhibition: Thanks!

Well, after around two years of planning, interviewing many community members and collating close to 200 photographs, the Lost History of Popular Music in Merthyr Tydifil Exhibition at the Redhouse is in its last week of a one month run. … Continue reading

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