The Faculty is delighted to announce that Dr Sarah Hill has been appointed as the new Associate Professor of Popular Music. Sarah will begin her work at the Faculty in April 2021.
Sarah is currently Senior Lecturer in Music at Cardiff University. Her research to date has largely focused on issues of identity and popular music, particularly in Welsh-language culture, and in the historiography of popular music. She has been Co-ordinating Editor of the journal Popular Music since 2012, and Chair of the UK and Ireland branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music since 2016.
Dr Hill entered the field of popular music studies from a background in classical musicology, with a study of the relationship between post-war popular music and fifty years of political activism around the survival of the Welsh language. Her most recent book, San Francisco and the Long 60s (Bloomsbury, 2016) is a sustained microhistory of the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood, the development of the psychedelic musical culture in the years 1963-69, and an assessment of the legacy of the hippie era in the present day Bay Area. Some of the ethnographic material that Dr Hill collected for that book was the basis for a Radio 2 documentary, A Taste of Summer, which focused on the myth of the Summer of Love.