Richard Elliott is a writer, university teacher, and journal editor based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is the author of the book Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City (2010), as well as articles and reviews covering a wide variety of popular music genres. Richard is currently working on a co-authored book on ritual, remembrance, and recorded sound.
Pete Seeger... Un Hombre Sincero | 17 Jun 2010 // 4:00 PM
These two documents transport listeners and viewers back to the heart of the civil rights era and reaffirm Seeger's creation of a truly global music of conscience that can transcend the limitations of its local translations.
Blood on the Tracks: Place and Displacement | 27 Apr 2010 // 4:00 PM
Dylan’s work has been characterized by the poetics of place and displacement and a refutation of a fixed identity.
Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular | 1 Apr 2010 // 4:00 PM
This book comes very close to being a faithful mirror of the endlessly fascinating Harry Smith and, like its subject, will provoke, educate, and entertain in equal measure.
Matana Roberts: COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres | 4 Aug 2011 // 3:59 PM
Roberts gives eloquent voice to the fractured nature of identity, the way conflicting identifications jostle for prominence in our psyches, the multiple consciousness of modern hybridity.
Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest | 7 Jul 2011 // 4:00 PM
Ten more examples of what make Welch & Rawlings great: high lonesome harmonies, beautifully judged musicianship, exquisite songcraft, and a relationship with tradition that is both serious and playful.