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Dr Kenny Forbes is a Lecturer in Commercial Music. His research concentrates on live music, music festivals, liveness, locality, music-related copyright, and popular music history. A graduate of the Commercial programme at UWS, Kenny subsequently achieved a M.Litt in Popular Music Studies and a PhD in Music, both awarded by the University of Glasgow. His PhD, which focused n the 'legendary' status of the Glagow Apollo venues (1973-85), was the subject of widespread media interest. The author of several publications, Kenny is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, as well as being a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and the Royal Musical Association.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Kenny's research exprtise lies within the live music, liveness, music-related copyright and the digital music environment.

Current research activities

Kenny has recently (August 2017) co-authored a book chapter on the topic of digital music piracy, due for publication in early 2018. A further book chapter on a live music festival is due for completition by late 2017.

Desired research direction

Future research projects wil focus on branding and merchandising within the live music sector, due to be exploed from early 2018.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Music sponsorship and branding, music-related creativity and popular music history, as well as topics/areas such as the Brill Building, Phil Spector, Girl Groups and the Producer as Auteur.


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