John Cowley

Contact details

Name:
John Cowley
Qualifications:
Dr
Position/Fellowship type:
Fellow
Fellowship term:
01-Sep-2014 to 31-Aug-2017
Institute:
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Phone:
020 7862 8844
Email address:
mariboneroi@googlemail.com
Website:
http://commonwealth.sas.ac.uk/index.php?id=152

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Globalization & Development, Music
Regions:
Africa, Europe, North America, South America, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

The relationship of indigenous Caribbean musical traditions to the breadth of cultural activity in Paris between the two World Wars; Carnivals (and carnivalesque) in the West Indies, and their association with Africa, Europe and the Americas (most recently Martinique); the history of vernacular black music in the United States, and in Trinidad and Tobago.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
30-Oct-2014 Creole Music Of The French West Indies, a discography, 1900-1959

Edited Book

Cowley, J. (ed.); Boulanger A., Cowley J., Monneraye M. (comps.);  Champerou, P. (English to French translations); Smith C. (French to English translations); with essay by Cowley J. ''Mascarade, biguine and the bal nègre' (English), pp. 202-266; 'La mascarade, la biguine et le bal negrè' (French), pp. 267-333; endnotes, indexes, bibliography: Hambergen (Germany), Bear Family Publications. ISBN 978-3-89916-705-4

01-Nov-2012 Calypso Dawn: 1912 - Lovey’s Original Trinidad String Band

Monographs

Cowley, John, ‘Trinidad String Bands: from slavery to the recording studio,’ in booklet with CD digipac, Hambergen, Bear Family Records BCD 16057 AH

01-Jan-2008 La Musique antillaise en France discographie 1929-1959 / French-Caribbean Music in France a discography 1929-1959

Monographs

Cowley, John, ed.; Boulanger, Alain, Cowley, John, and Monneraye, Marc, comps.; Guadeloupe, Médiathèque Caraïbe / Association Française des Détenteurs de Documents Audiovisuels et Sonores ISBN 9782952789042 / ISSN 1265-92290

01-Jan-2006 West Indies Blues: an historical overview 1920s-1950s — blues and music from the English-speaking West Indies

Chapters

Springer, Robert, ed., “Nobody Knows Where the Blues Came From”: Lyrics and History, Jackson, University Press of Mississippi, pp. 187-263 ISBN 1-57806-797-9

01-Jan-2006 West Indian Rhythm

Edited Book

Includes the following contributions: Cowley, John H., Calypso and the Trinidad Carnival Tradition, pp. 14-38; Cowley John H., The Censorship of Records 1937, pp. 69-70; Hill, Donald R. & Cowley John H., Vainglorious Appellations, pp. 122-133; Hill, Donald R. & Cowley John H., The Musicians, pp. 153-162; Cowley, John H., The New Shop Law, pp. 208-209; Cowley, John H., Hill, Donald R. and Winer, Lise, Calypso And The Portuguese Connection, pp. 212-216; Cowley, John H., Cavalcade of Leggos, pp. 243-245; Cowley, John H., Canboulay, Carnival and Calenda, pp. 259-271; Cowley, John, Hill, Don and Spottswood, Dick, Discography, 1938-1940, pp. 291-304; 2006, The Classic Calypso Collective, ed. Cowley, John, executive ed., Bear Family Records, ISBN 978-3-89916-299-5

01-Jan-2004 'Introduction' and annotated notes to the songs

Articles

Cowley, John, booklet notes to the Compact Disc: Louisiana — Catch That Train and Testify! (Deep River of Song series in the Alan Lomax Collection) Rounder CD 1830, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Rounder Records

01-Jan-2003 ‘Introduction’ and annotated notes to the songs

Articles

Cowley, John, [with Evans, David, who contributed notes to a few of the songs] booklet accompanying: Alan Lomax Blues Songbook, Rounder CD 1866, Cambridge, Mass., Rounder Records Corp.

01-Jan-2002 Sam Manning — A Biography / The Recordings

Articles

Cowley, John, and Shapiro, Steve: annotated notes in the booklets accompanying the Compact Discs: Sam Manning, Volume 1, 1924-1927, Jazz Oracle BDW 8028 (CD), and Sam Manning, Volume 2, 1927-1930, Jazz Oracle BDW 8029 (CD), Ontario, Canada, Jazz Oracle Phonograph Record Co.

01-Jan-2000 Trinidad: Carnival Roots

Articles

Compilation and notes for the Compact Disc of the same title (Caribbean Voyage series, Alan Lomax Collection) Rounder CD 1725, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Rounder Records Corp.

01-Jan-2000 Lord Invader: Calypso in New York

Articles

Compilation and notes to the Compact Disc of the same title: Smithsonian-Folkways CD 40454, Washington, DC, Smithsonian-Folkways Recordings

Publications available on SAS-space

Publications available in Senate House Libraries

Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
01-Nov-2014 Elsie Houston: a life in tragedy

Presentation on the life of the Brazilia-American singer presented at the LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC SEMINAR Chancellors Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 2HU

19-May-2014 Caribbean Diasporic Culture and Politics in the Jazz Age

ICWS: Commonwealth Research Seminar, Senate House, University of London — an expanded version of the paper given at the Atlantic Counds Confrence in Liverpool on 15 March 2014

15-Mar-2014 Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortowns

Caribbean Diasporic Culture and Politics in the Jazz Age: Paper presented with Professor Ingrid Kummels (in her absence) of the Free University of Berlin, ZI Latin America Institute

15-May-2013 Numberless Are The Sands On The Seashore: “The Real Bahamas” and the field recording experience (1935-1965)

ICWS: Commonwealth Research Seminar, Senate House, University of London

29-Apr-2013 The Evolution of Carnival in Martinique’

Paper presented for the Postgraduate Program in Cultural Studies, Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

25-Apr-2013 ‘MUSIC: Lovey and Co.’ [Trinidad String Band recordings – 1912]

Discussion of Lovey’s legacy with Trinidad Express features editor Deborah John at the BOCAS Literary Festival, National Library of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, W. I.

21-Nov-2012 Stokowski’s South American Adventure – 1940

Seminar paper for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies department, King’s College London

26-May-2012 Stokowski’s South American Adventure – 1940

Latin American Music Seminar, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London

25-Apr-2012 ‘Introductory Talk’ on the work of Alan Lomax

Preceding a showing of his film The Land Where The Blues Began — a component in the Film Programme for the annual Sensoria (Arts) Festival, Sheffield

01-Jan-2011 'L’Ame Nègre en exil…Au Bal Antillais': the Role of Discography in Historical Research: A French Antillean Perspective

Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

01-Jan-2011 The role of discography in historical research – a French Antillean perspective

RMA Caribbean and Latin American Music Study Day, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, Yorkshire

01-Jan-2010 ‘Biguine amoureuse': Caribbean Music in Paris between the Two World Wars

Institute of Musical Research Seminar, University of London

01-Jan-2010 ‘Biguine amoureuse': Caribbean music in Paris between the two World Wars

University of Liverpool Symposium Afromodernisms (1): Re-encounters with the French and Anglo-Atlantic Worlds, 1907–61

01-Jan-2010 'Beguin-Biguine': Caribbean music in Paris 1922-1939

Research Seminar, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

01-Jan-2010 ‘Stokowski’s South American Adventure’ with the All-American Youth Orchestra in 1940

Workshop on Global Perspectives On The Orchestra: The ‘Orchestra’ from Symphony to Sustainability: Communities, Environments, Education, Technologies at the Institute for Musical Research, University of London

01-Jan-2009 From the ‘Paris of the West Indies’ to the Antillean Pompeii: St. Pierre, Martinique, at the time of its decimation in 1902

Caribbean Societies Seminar, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

01-Jan-2008 ‘Oh! Cette Musique': French Antillean Jazz under the German Occupation of Paris

Latin American Music Seminar, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London

01-Jan-2007 Carnivalesque and Caribbean History: an underutilised resource

University of Trinidad & Tobago

01-Jan-2007 Carnivalesque and Caribbean History: an underutilised resource

Seminar on research techniques for historians, University of Liverpool

01-Jan-2007 Recorded Caribbean music in Europe

Round table on ‘Black music on the European record market, c. 1900-1955,’ CHARM / RMA Annual Conference On ‘Musicology And Recordings,’ Royal Holloway, University of London

01-Jan-2007 Chants, Carnival Bands and Conflict

Seminar on Music, Text and Politics in the Caribbean and its Diaspora, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London

01-Jan-2007 'I Been Down In The Circle Before': Black music, topicality and social history

International Slavery seminar series, School of History, University of Liverpool

01-Jan-2007 West Indian Rhythm: Trinidad Calypsos on world and local event featuring the censored recordings, 1938-1940 (2006) edited by The Classic Calypso Collective and John Cowley

With Richard Noblett, launch of the 10-CD set and book published by Bear Family Records, Caribbean Societies Seminar, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

01-Jan-2007 Content, context, and compilation – Bear Family's Trinidad calypso box set (1939-1940)

Latin American Music Seminar, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London

01-Jan-2005 ‘After The Bacchanal': repertoire, calypso recordings and translocation

“Comings and goings: Calypso”: a moment and movement concerning memory, migration and displacement, Conference, AHRB CentreCATH, University of Leeds

01-Jan-2005 ‘Iron Duke In The Land': Case studies in the use of discography as a source for the history of vernacular music’

CHARM Symposium I: ‘Comparative perspectives on the study of recordings,’ Royal Holloway, University of London

01-Jan-2004 ‘Paris Biguine': History and Documenting Recorded African-Caribbean Music

Conference on ‘African American and Diasporic Research in Europe,’ the Sorbonne, Paris, France

01-Jan-2004 Black Music Traditions: Bridging The West Indies, the United States and Europe: an Historical Perspective

Conference on “Overseas Blues”: European Perspectives On African-American Music, University of Gloucestershire

01-Jan-2002 Carnival, Canboulay & Consumption in Trinidad

Anthropology Seminar, School of Anthropological Studies, Queen’s University Belfast

01-Jan-2002 West Indies Blues: an historical overview c. 1750-1930 — blues and music from the English-speaking West Indies

Second international conference: Le Texte Dans La Musique Populaire Afro-Americaine / The Lyrics In African American Popular Music held by the Centre d’Etudes de la Traduction, Université de Metz, France

01-Jan-2002 Migration and Music: The West Indian Legacy in Britain 1948-1958

Post-Imperial Britain – 16th Annual Conference of the Institute of Contemporary British History, University of London

01-Jan-2002 Discographical Sources as Historical Material for Ethnomusicologists

Ethnomusicological Research Seminar, Goldsmiths College, University of London

01-Jan-2001 Satire, Protest, & Black Music—Oral History Case Studies from the Caribbean and the USA

Music & Power: Annual Conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Brunel University

01-Jan-2001 Bridging The West Indies and The United States

Inter-American Conference on Black Music Research & 27th Annual Conference of the Society for American Music
Traversing Musical Boundaries in Research and Writing, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

01-Jan-2001 The Dollar And The Pound: West Indian Calypsos From A British Perspective

Presentation for the City of London Gramophone & Phonograph Society at the ARSC–IASA Conference 2001: Why Collect?, The British Library

01-Jan-2001 Paris Biguine – Cuba En Paris – London Is The Place For Me: West Indian Recordings in France and Britain 1929-1951

Latin American Music Seminar, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London

01-Jan-2001 Discographical Sources as Historical Material for Ethnomusicologists

School of Anthropological Studies, Queen's University, Belfast

01-Jan-2000 Who Has Done The Best For Humanity? (Lord Executor): Caribbean Music In An International Context

Conference at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, organised with Dr. Amanda Sives

01-Jan-2000 Long Time Ago – Launching Song: Field Recordings of English-speaking Caribbean music 1920-1962 — a survey

Conference on Caribbean Music In An International Context, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

01-Jan-2000 West Indies Blues: an historical overview — blues and music from the English-speaking West Indies 1912-1926

Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies, University of Birmingham

01-Jan-2000 Susan Monkey Walk / God Made Us All / Carnival Roots: Social & Cultural History & Compact Discs

Caribbean Societies Seminar, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

01-Jan-2000 Life In England: A Survey Of Vernacular Black Vocal Music In Britain 1934-1954

Conference on Black Perspectives On Post-War British History, University College London

01-Jan-2000 Field & Commercial Recordings: The Role of Discography in Ethnomusicological Research

Joint presentation by John Cowley and Richard Noblett at British Forum For Ethnomusicology One-Day Conference: British Library


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