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Johnny Hopkins

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Research interests

  • The use of national flags in popular music culture; popular music and national identity; the influence of Native Americans on popular music; representation of Native Americans in American and British popular culture; fanzine culture (punk etc); 1960s counterculture press; history of the popular music press; coverage of popular music in daily papers; moral panics; independent record shops; UK independent record labels; independent music venues; public relations, media and society; social media and its role in music PR & marketing; perception, image and identity; photography; the impact of innovation and new technology on the media and music; the influence of film, art and politics on music; Motown and Civil Rights; the intertwined cultural histories of the country and soul in the American South; John and Alice Coltrane; the influence of 1960s free jazz on rock musicians; 1970s punk; Britpop; the arrival and impact of US rock’n’roll in 1950s Britain; Pop Art; Brutalist architecture.

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Research Output 2017 2020

The American Dream? Elvis Presley, William Eggleston & the 'lost' photos of Graceland

Hopkins, J., 2020, Re-thinking Elvis. Duffett, M. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Published conference proceedingChapter


From Queen Bitch to C86: Fetishising Velvet Underground’s New York

James, M. & Hopkins, J., 2019, (In preparation) The Velvet Underground (and after ...). Albiez, S. & D. P. (eds.). Bloomsbury Continuum

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Published conference proceedingChapter

Velvet Underground

Madchester and Britpop style

Hopkins, J., 2019, (In preparation) Subcultures Network/ Youth Club Archive.

Research output: Other contribution

‘There’s A Crack In The Union Jack’ - Questioning National Identity in the 1990s: The Britpop Counter-Narrative

Hopkins, J., 2019, (In preparation) Media Narratives In Popular Music. New York: Bloomsbury Academic

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Published conference proceedingChapter