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Dr Justin Williams

Dr Justin Williams

Dr Justin Williams
BA(Stanford), MMUS(Kings College London), PhD(Nott.)

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Popular music, hip-hop, jazz, musical borrowing, film music, geography and mobility, and the analysis of record production.

Victoria Rooms,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1SA
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 33 13305

Research summary

Most of my published work has engaged with the study of hip-hop music and culture, but have also written on jazz, crowdfunding and the figure of the singer-songwriter. I am currently writing on a book on UK hip-hop in the 21st century. 
Other research interests include:
  • Popular music studies (especially hip-hop)
  • Musical borrowing
  • Film music and other forms of audio-visual intermediality (e.g. YouTube)
  • Jazz (history, arranging, analysis and composition)
  • The singer-songwriter
  • Intersections between progressive rock and jazz 'fusion' in the 1970s
  • Digital patronage
  • Music and geography
  • Mobility and sound studies
  • The analysis of record production


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Justin received a BA in History and a BA in Music from Stanford University in 2004, MMus in Music from King’s College London (2005) and a PhD from the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Adam Krims (2010). He has taught at Leeds College of Music, Lancaster University and Anglia Ruskin University, and has been published in Popular Music, Popular Music History, and The Journal of Musicology. His book Rhymin' and Stealin' (2013)on musical borrowing and intertextuality in hip-hop music, is published by University of Michigan Press for the ‘Tracking Pop’ series (eds. John Covach, Lori Burns, and ...

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Recent publications

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