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A new preface for Les Back’s The Art of Listening

Les Back has written a new preface for the Japanese edition of his book The Art of Listening. The preface has been published in full on the Sociological Imagination site. In this new preface Les reflects on the reception and … Continue reading

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Les Back on the PhD Viva

One of my favourite books is Les Back’s open access Academic Diary. I’ve posted some links to it before. Les’ book is a collection of short pieces about various aspects of academic life. This week I examined a PhD thesis, … Continue reading

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Nick Beech, Mónica Moreno Figueroa & Les Back on Stuart Hall

The TCS site has just published three more tributes to Stuart Hall. These are by Nick Beech, Mónica Moreno Figueroa and Les Back (Mónica And Les’ pieces are published together along with a letter Les wrote to Stuart).

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Smokey Robinson and Love

In the third instalment in his series of posts on music for the Theory, Culture & Society site, Les Back has written a piece on Smokey Robinson and Love (its open access). It’s an amazing piece that looks at sociological questions … Continue reading

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Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding and Freedom’s Yearning by Les Back

Les back has written a second piece on music for the Theory, Culture & Society site. This time it’s on Otis Redding (and follows the previous piece on Junior Murvin).

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Les Back on Christmas Lights

Les Back has written this great piece on Christmas Lights and social class. The piece is called A Fairytale from New Addington.

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Les Back on Junior Murvin

I posted a few weeks ago about my new role as co-editor of the Theory, Culture & Society open site. The material I’ve been commissioning is now starting to filter through. We have just published a brilliant piece by Les … Continue reading

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Les Back on the politics of music

Les Back has continued his series of audio podcasts from his research sabbatical with two posts on the politics of music (the full series of Les’ postcards from his sabbatical podcasts is available here). The first podcast discusses Les’ attempts … Continue reading


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Punk Sociology…cover, pre-orders, publisher’s site and an endorsement

My Punk Sociology book has a cover and is now available for pre-orders (for those who are interested the information on this is below). The process is moving at lightning speed. The book is due for publication on 7th January. … Continue reading

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Les Back and Michael Bull discuss the tenth anniversary of the Auditory Culture Reader

The Auditory Culture Reader is a great book. I remember buying a copy at the British Sociological Association in 2004. I was working on my PhD at the time and the book really helped with the work I was trying … Continue reading

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