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"Sing it with me now” : audience participation in arena concerts (2015)
Book Chapter
Spelman, N. (2015). "Sing it with me now” : audience participation in arena concerts. In R. Edgar, K. Fairclough, B. Halligan, & N. Spelman (Eds.), The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (231-246). London & New York: Bloomsbury

The arena concert : music, media and mass entertainment (2015)
Book
(2015). B. Halligan, K. Fairclough, R. Edgar, & N. Spelman (Eds.), The arena concert : music, media and mass entertainment. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic

The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment is the first sustained engagement with what might be said to be - in its melding of concert and gathering, in its evolving relationship with digital and social media, in its delivery of event, ex... Read More about The arena concert : music, media and mass entertainment.

Resonances : noise and contemporary music (2013)
Book
(2013). M. Goddard, B. Halligan, & N. Spelman (Eds.), Resonances : noise and contemporary music. New York and London: Continuum / Bloomsbury

Noise seems to stand for a lack of aesthetic grace, to alienate or distract rather than enrapture. And yet the drones of psychedelia, the racket of garage rock and punk, the thudding of rave, the feedback of shoegaze and post-rock, the bombast of thr... Read More about Resonances : noise and contemporary music.

Popular music and the myths of madness (2012)
Book
Spelman, N. (2012). Popular music and the myths of madness. Farnham: Routledge- Taylor & Francis (first published 2012 by Ashgate Publishing)

Studies of opera, film, television, and literature have demonstrated how constructions of madness may be referenced in order to stigmatise but also liberate protagonists in ways that reinforce or challenge contemporaneous notions of normality. But to... Read More about Popular music and the myths of madness.

Reversing us and them : anti-psychiatry and The Dark Side of the Moon (2005)
Book Chapter
Spelman, N. (2005). Reversing us and them : anti-psychiatry and The Dark Side of the Moon. In R. Reising (Ed.), Speak to Me: The Legacy of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon (123-142). London: Routledge (originally by Ashgate Publishing). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351218146

This chapter presents a close reading of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon exploring their indebtedness to anti-psychiatric ideas, and analyzing the ways in which those ideas are embodied in specific songs both verbally and musically. An appreci... Read More about Reversing us and them : anti-psychiatry and The Dark Side of the Moon.