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Peter Webb

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Peter Webb is a writer, lecturer and musician who specialises in research into popular and contemporary music, subcultures, globalisation, new media, politics and social theory. He is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Sociology at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He has previously worked at Cambridge University, Goldsmiths College the University of Birmingham and was an RA on an ESRC project on E-commerce and the music, fashion and financial services industries in the department of geographic sciences at the University of Bristol. His PhD was on the Sociology of networks of musicians and their negotiations with the music industry. He has published a number of books and articles on these networks and music scenes. Webb has also worked within an independent record label from 1996 – 2002 as an artist and tour manager and is a published musician with three albums, various singles and remixes under the names of Statik and Statik Sound System. He now plays in the post-punk band Idiot Strength. As a musician he has worked with the physical theatre companies Blast Theory and Intimate Strangers and the film company Parallax Pictures. He has recently set up the publishing company PC-Press whose first publication is a book on Test Dept. called Total State Machine (2015) and second project is a book on Killing Joke entitled Twilight of the Mortals (2016).


Research interests
Popular and contemporary music, subcultures, globalisation, new media, politics/ extremist politics and social theory.


COOK, Nicholas; INGALLS, Monique; TRIPPETT, David J.; WEBB, Peter (eds) (2016) – The Cambridge Companion to Music and Digital Culture. Cambridge University Press
WEBB, Peter; MONROE, Alexei (eds) 2015 – Total State Machine: A history and document of the work of Test Dept. PC Press.
THE SUBCULTURES NETWORK (ed.) (2015) – Youth Culture, Popular Music and the End of ‘Consensus’. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-13-879992-9.
THE SUBCULTURES NETWORK (ed.) (2014) – Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change. Cambridge Scholars Press. ISBN 978-1-4438-5945-5.
THE SUBCULTURES NETWORK (ed.) (2014) – Fight Back: Punk, Politics and Resistance. Manchester University Press. ISBN: 978-07190-9029-5.
WEBB, Peter (2012) – Key themes in Popular Music Studies. Open University Press.
WEBB, Peter (2012) – Not so Vacant: The Social and Cultural impact of Punk.
WEBB, Peter; LYNCH, John (2010) – “Utopian punk’: the concept of the utopian in the artistic practice of Bjork“. Utopian Studies Journal. Vol. 21, n.º 2.
WEBB, Peter (2007) – Exploring the networked worlds of Popular Music: Milieu Cultures. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-88262-0. (Paperback – March 2010).


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