Richard Elliott

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.

Features // 2 Articles
Columns // 1 Articles
Reviews // 98 Articles

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.

//Mixed media

That Ribbon of Highway: Sharon Jones Re-shapes Woody Guthrie's Song

// Sound Affects

"Sharon Jones and Woodie Guthrie knew: great songs belong to everybody.

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