Desert Island Discs contribution
A new book Defining the Discographic Self: Desert Island Discs in Context, edited by Julie Brown, Nicholas Cook and Steve Cottrell, is out now with Oxford University Press. In the editors description, the book “brings together musicologists, sociologists, and media scholars in one volume. They reflect on the programme’s significance, its position within the BBC and Britain’s continually evolving media, and its relationship to other comparable programmes. Of particular interest are the meanings attributed to music in the programme by both castaways and interviewers, the ways in which music is invoked in the public presentation of self, the incorporation of music within personal narratives, and changes in musical tastes during the seven decades spanned by the programme.” Jo Littler from CCI has a chapter in it Adrift or ashore? Desert Island Discs and Celebrity Culture.