1st Edition

Made in Scotland Studies in Popular Music

Edited By Simon Frith, Martin Cloonan, John Williamson Copyright 2024
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    Made in Scotland: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive and thorough introduction to the history, politics, culture, and musicology of twentieth- and twenty-first-century popular music in Scotland. The volume consists of essays by local experts and leading scholars in Scottish music and culture, and covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of popular music in Scotland. Each essay provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance. The book includes a general introduction to Scottish popular music, followed by essays organized into three thematic sections: Histories, Politics and Policies, and Futures and Imaginings.

    Examining music as cultural expression in a country that is both a nation and a region within a larger state, this volume uses popular music to analyse Scottishness, independence, and diversity and offers new insights into the complexity of cultural identity, the power of historical imagination, and the effects of power structures in music. It is a vital read for scholars and students interested in how popular music interacts with and shapes such issues both within and beyond the borders of Scotland.


    Selected Timeline of Key Events


    Simon Frith, Martin Cloonan, John Williamson

    PART I: Histories

    John Williamson

    1. Stramash! When Pop Music Television Comes to Scotland

    John Williamson

    2. Doing It for Themselves: A Brief History of Scottish Independent Record Labels

    Bob Anderson

    3. Scottish Live Music History: The Conflict Between Culture and Economics

    Kenny Forbes

    4. Fascinating Rhythm – The Life of Scottish Jazz

    Alistair Braidwood

    5. Place of Light

    Carla J. Easton

    6. Riverside Festival, Glasgow: An Interview with Dave Clarke and Martin McKechnie

    John Williamson

    7. Performing in Gaelic: A Conversation with Joy Dunlop

    John Williamson

    PART II: Politics and Policies

    Martin Cloonan

    8. "Let There Be Rock" - How A Remote Scottish Village Reinvented Its Musical Heritage

    Emil Thompson

    9. Interview with Jill Rodger, Director, Glasgow Jazz Festival

    Martin Cloonan

    10. The Place of Popular Music Education in Scotland – Institutions, Access, and Responsibilities

    Sean McLaughlin and Graeme Smillie

    11. Jock Rock?: Putting Scotland into Scottish Popular Music

    Martin Cloonan

    12. Hip-Hop in Scotland: A Footnote in the History of Popular Music?

    Dave Hook

    13. "Indy" Music: Scottish Popular Music and the Constitutional Question’

    Adam Behr

    PART III: Futures and Imaginings

    Simon Frith

    14. The Fiction of Scottish Music

    Simon Frith

    15. An Interview with Alasdair Roberts on Being a Scottish Songwriter

    Martin Cloonan

    16. Re-thinking ‘Scottishness’ – Who, and What, Sounds Scottish?

    Diljeet Kaur Bhachu

    Coda: The World of Scottish Music

    Simon Frith

    Afterword: Music in a Future Scotland

    Notes on Contributors



    Simon Frith is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

    Martin Cloonan is the Director of the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) at the University of Turku, Finland. He is also coordinating editor of Popular Music and sometimes sings in public.

    John Williamson is a lecturer in Music at the School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, UK.