Dr Kenny Forbes

Lecturer in Commercial Music

Ayr Campus
Tel 012927675543

Biography

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 Music programme at UWS, Kenny subsequently achieved an M.Litt in Popular Music Studies and PhD in Music, both awarded by the University of Glasgow. His PhD, which was focused on the ‘legendary’ status held by the Glasgow Apollo venue (1973-85), was the subject of considerable 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 of the Study of Popular Music and the Royal Musical Association.

  • Qualifications
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    PhD Music, University of Glasgow (2015)
    M.Litt Popular Music Studies, University of Glasgow (2009)
    Higher degree(s): BA Commercial Music, University of the West of Scotland (2008)
    Other (professional or PGCert etc.):
    PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of the West of Scotland (2011)
    PG Cert Research Degree Supervision, University of the West of Scotland (2012)
     
  • Teaching Interests
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     Popular Music Research, Music-Related Copyright, Popular Music History, Popular Music, Culture & Society

  • Research Interests
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    Live Music, Liveness, Locality, Music-Related Copyright, Popular Music History


  • Research activity output chapters
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    Forbes, K. (2014) ‘You Had to Be There’ Memories of the Glasgow Apollo’ in Cohen, S., Knifton, R., Leonard, M. and Roberts, L. (eds.) Sites of Popular Music Heritage. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 143-159.
    Forbes, K. (2015s) ‘The Live Music Entrepreneur.’ In: Dumbreck, A. and McPherson, G. (eds.) The Music Industries Entrepreneur. London, Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 113-140.


  • Research activity output journals
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     Forbes, K. (2012D) ‘Glasgow as a live music city: an analysis of the ‘legendary’ Glasgow Apollo and its audience.’ Social Semiotics 22 (5), pp. 605-621

  • Research activity output conference presentations
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    Forbes, K. (2011A) ‘Glasgow as a live music city: An analysis of the ‘legendary’ Apollo venue and its audience.’ Conference Paper. Business of Live Music, University of Edinburgh, 2 April.
    Forbes, K. (2011B) ‘You Had To Be There’: Memories of the Glasgow Apollo Audience.’ Conference Paper. Sites of Popular Music Symposium, Institute of Popular Music, Liverpool, 9 September.
    Forbes, K. (2012A) ‘Rock, Space, Place: The Influence of Geomusicology and the Associated Values of the Rock Music Genre on the Glasgow Apollo Audience.’ Conference Paper. Royal Musical Association, University of Hull. 7 January.
    Forbes, K. (2012B) ‘Why 1973? Towards an understanding of the ‘legendary’ status of the Glasgow Apollo.’ Conference Paper. Live Music Exchange, Leeds. 4 May.
    Forbes, K. (2012C) ‘Rock This Place: Online memories of the Glasgow Apollo Audience.’ International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK) Conference, University of Salford. 6 September.
    Forbes, K. (2013A) ‘You Had To Be There’: Memories of the Glasgow Apollo Audience.’ Conference Paper. POPID Conference, Rotterdam. 31 January.
    Forbes, K. (2013B) ‘Towards an understanding of rock music heritage websites.' Conference Paper. IASPM Oviedo, Spain. 27 June.

  • Research activity output source of funding
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    PhD Funding, College of Arts, University of Glasgow 2011-15
  • Membership of Research Groups / Centres / Institutes
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     Member of the Royal Musical Association
    Member of the International Association of the Study of Popular Music
    Post-Graduate Researcher Representative, College of Arts, University of Glasgow (2012-13)

  • Professional Membership(s)
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    Fellow of the Higher Education Authority