Tag: blues

The Dean of Blues Scholars: Remembering Paul Oliver (1927-2017)

On Monday 14th August, Paul Oliver – the world’s most prolific writer and most respected blues scholar – passed away in Oxfordshire at the age of 90. Scores of blues historians, researchers, enthusiasts and musicians are paying tribute […]

  American 18 August 2017  

Farewell Mr Rock’n’Roll

The web is bursting with tributes and obituaries to Chuck Berry, the songwriter and guitarist who died on Friday at the age of 90. And this is understandably so. Berry’s famous repertoire which includes songs like ‘Johnny B […]

  American 20 March 2017  

Discovering Native America

When I was thinking of a subject for a possible blog post on my Fulbright experience, I had no shortage of options. I could have easily talked about teaching American history to American students at Elon University, which […]

  American 28 April 2016  

Recent Publications by our History Team

Congratulations to former UG History staff member Dr Anna French on the publication of her new book Children of Wrath: Possession, Prophecy and the Young in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2015). This book explores questions surrounding early modern […]

  American 25 November 2015  

Reflections of Black History Month: Bonnie Greer & Gary Younge at FCH

October has been a busy month this year in Cheltenham. In addition to the renowned Cheltenham Literature Festival at the beginning of the month, there have been a number of events for Black History Month in Cheltenham including […]

  American 30 October 2015  

Performing Public History

What is it to ‘do’ public history? This is a question our students are asked to address in a number of different modules and which I was forced to ask myself as a result of attending a couple […]

  American 9 October 2014  

Music & History

Teaching and research using Popular Music with Dr Christian O’Connell: we talk about the blues, Civil Rights and more…

  Christian O'Connell 23 June 2014  

The Impact of Race on Music – Race in the Americas Seminar, University of Sunderland, May 9th 2014

On Friday 9th May I attended this seminar to present a paper on Paul Oliver’s Conversation with the Blues (1965), and the role of oral history and photography in developing the iconography of the blues during the 1960s […]

  Christian O'Connell 14 May 2014  

The Man Who Brought the Blues to Britain: Big Bill Broonzy

There was a very interesting documentary on BBC4 last night on Big Bill Broonzy. I’ve mentioned his song ‘Black, Brown and White’ a few times in class, particularly given its critique of racial discrimination in America in the […]

  American 4 December 2013