Martin Cloonan
Martin Cloonan is Professor of Popular Music of Popular Music Politics at the University of Glasgow. His research interests focus on the political economy of the music industries and issues of freedom of musical expression. He has recently completed a history of the British Musicians’ Union, entitled Workers’ Play Time (Manchester University Press, 2016, co-authored with John Williamson) which examines the history of the British music industries and of wider musical life between 1893 and 2013. Martin’s other books include Popular Music Industries and the State: Policy Notes (Routledge 2015, co-written with Shane Homan and Jen Cattermole) and the first part of a three-volume History of Live Music in Britain (Ashgate 2013, co-written with Simon Frith, Matt Brennan and Emma Webster), Dark Side of The Tune: Popular Music and Violence (Ashgate, 2009, co-written with Bruce Johnson) and Popular Music and the State (Ashgae 2013). Martin also chairs music freedom of musical expression group Freemuse ( and is developing the Working in Music Network ( He used to maage the Scottish bamd Zoey Van Goey. For more see