John Street

John Street is Professor of Politics at the University of East Anglia (UK) and Honorary Professorial Fellow in Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the editorial group of the journal Popular Music and of the Subcultures Network. He is the author of several books, including Music and Politics (with Sanna Inthorn and Martin Scott), From Entertainment to Citizenship, and – many years ago – Rebel Rock: the politics of music. He was a co-editor – with Simon Frith and Will Straw – of the Cambridge Companion to Rock and Pop. For 10 years, he reviewed live music for The Times. With Matthew Worley and David Wilkinson, he was involved in a Leverhulme project on the politics and history of punk; and with Keith Negus, Adam Behr and others he worked on a CREATe project on the politics of copyright. He is current working on the politics of protest music. See this recente John Street’ essay: Responses to Peter Manuel’s “World Music and Activism Since the End of History [sic]”.









Research interests

Protest music, copyright, celebrity politics, the politics of sound and silence, music prizes.



Street, J., Worley, M., & Wilkinson, D. (2018). “Does it threaten the status quo?” Elite responses to british punk, 1976–78. Popular Music, 37 (2), 271-289. 

Street, J., Negus, K., & Behr, A. (2018). Copy Rights: the politics of copying and creativity. Political Studies, 66(1), 63–80. 

Wilkinson, D., Worley, M., & Street, J. (2017). I wanna see some history’: Recent writings on British punk. Contemporary European History, 26(2), 397-411.

Street, J. (2013). The Sound of Geopolitics: Popular Music and Political Rights. Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, 11(1), 47-57.

Street, J. (2013). Music, markets and manifestos. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 19(3), 281-297.

Street, J., I., Sanna, & Scott, M. (2013). From Entertainment to Citizenship: Politics and popular culture. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Street, J. (2012). Music and Politics. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Street, J. (2012). From Gigs to Giggs: politics, law and live music. Social Semiotics, 22(5), 575-585.

Frith, S., Straw, W., & Street, J. (2001). Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.