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Dr Sarah Hill


Sarah Hill Position: Senior Lecturer Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 70603
Fax: +44(0)29 208 74379
Extension: 70603
Location: 37 Corbett Road (Annexe), Room 1.14

A native of Oakland, California, Dr Sarah Hill is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Chicago, and Cardiff University, where she was awarded a PhD in 2002 for her work on Welsh-language popular music and cultural identity. From 2002–2007, she was Lecturer in Music at the University of Southampton. She is currently Co-ordinating Editor of Popular Music, and a member of the editorial boards of Twentieth-Century Music and Y Cydymaith i Gerddoriaeth Cymru (The Companion to the Music of Wales). Dr Hill is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and the Society for Minimalist Music.

Dr Hill is a regular contributor to television and radio programmes, both in Welsh and in English. She can be heard on the BBC Radio 3 drama Chelsea Dreaming (November 2003) and the BBC Radio 2 documentary A Taste of Summer (October 2007), which was drawn largely from her AHRC-funded research on popular music in San Francisco in the years 1965–1969.

Dr Hill currently teaches three undergraduate modules: ‘A History of Popular Music’, ‘Issues in Popular Music’ and ‘The Full Works: Porgy and Bess’. She is the coordinator of the MA in Music, Culture and Politics and contributes to teaching across the MA programmes.




Hill, Sarah, Kimi Kärki and Michael Drewett (eds), Peter Gabriel, from Genesis to Growing Up (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011)

Blerwytirhwng? The Place of Welsh Pop Music (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007)

Book Chapters, Journal Articles and Published Papers

‘This Is My Country:  American Popular Music and Political Engagement in 1968’, in Barley Norton and Beate Kutschke (eds), Music and Protest in 1968 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 46–63

‘Minority Language, Majority Canon,’ Popular Music History, 7/3 (2013), 283–300

‘Ending It All: Genesis and Revelation,’ Popular Music, 32/2 (2013), 199–224

‘Beyond Borders:  The Female Welsh Pop Voice,’ Radical Musicology 1/1 (2006)

(With Dai Griffiths) ‘Postcolonial Music in Contemporary Wales:  Hybridities and Weird Geographies’, in Jane Aaron and Chris Williams (eds), Postcolonial Wales (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2005), 215–233

‘Welsh Popular Music in the 1960s:  The Roots of an Identity’, in Kärki, Leydon and Terho (eds), Looking Back, Looking Ahead:  Popular Music Studies 20 Years Later (Turku: IASPM-Norden, 2002), 247–254

‘Families of Resemblance:  Welsh Popular Music and Other Marginalia’, in Welsh Music History, 4 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000), 138–47

Book reviews

Review of Hot Stuff:  Disco and the Remaking of American Culture, by Alice Echols, Popular Music 32/1, (2013), 133–135

Review of California Polyphony, by Mina Yang, Twentieth-Century Music, 7/1 (2011), 122–127

Review of The San Francisco Tape Music Center:  1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde, ed. by David W. Bernstein, Popular Music, 28/3 (2009), 433–434

Review of Sgt. Pepper and the Beatles:  It Was Forty Years Ago Today, ed. by Olivier Julien, Ethnomusicology, 53/2 (2009), 329–331

Review of True to the Roots:  American Music Revealed, by Monte Dutton, Music and Letters, 88/4 (2007), 708–709

Review of Settling the Pop Score, by Stan Hawkins, Popular Music, 22/2 (2003), 251–253


Other Output

Entries on Welsh popular music for The Encyclopaedia of Wales and Gwyddoniadur Cymru.


In 2011 Sarah Hill was awarded an AHRC Fellowship to complete research on her large-scale project, a cultural history of popular music in San Francisco, 1965–1969. The countercultural community of San Francisco in the 1960s generated ideologies and mythologies that continue to resonate forty years later. This project considers received historical accounts of the time, the musical, visual and literary communications from the counterculture, and retrospective glances from members of the countercultural community over the past four decades; it is an exploration of the ‘short 60s’ – the period of psychedelic experimentation (1965–1969) – and a consideration of the ‘long 60s’ – the perpetuation of the countercultural ideology beyond the confines of geographical and temporal space. The resulting monograph, San Francisco and the Long 60s, has been contracted with Bloomsbury Academic for a 2015 publication.

Research Papers and Public Lectures

'Psychedelic Aesthetic and Progressive Impulse: A Tale of Two Cities,' paper delivered at the First International Conference of the ACADPROG Network, , Dijon, 10-12 December 2014

Desert Island Discs, Beti a’i Phobol, and Britishness’, Desert Island Discs and the Discographic Self, British Academy, London, 5–6 November 2013

‘Choreographing In C’, Fourth Conference of the Society for Minimalist Music, Long Beach, 3–6 October 2013

‘The Heritage of Failure: Marginal Welsh Pop in the Capital City’, 17th Biennial IASPM Conference, Gijón, Spain, 24–28 June 2013

‘A Night at the Avalon’, IASPM-UK/Ireland conference, University of Salford, 5–7 September 2012

‘Mapio Canu Pop Cymraeg/Mapping Welsh Pop’, 11th Conference of the Centre for Advanced Welsh Music Studies, Y Drwm, Aberystwyth, 24 February 2012

‘Psychedelia and Its High Other in 1960s San Francisco’, Stanford University Department of Music, 10 October 2011

‘Ripples: San Francisco and the Long 60s’, University of Salford, December 2010

‘Minority Language, Majority Canon’, University of Glamorgan, May 2010

‘Hippies, Inc.: San Francisco and the Commodification of the 60s’, Popular Music Worlds, Popular Music Histories, 15th Biennial IASPM Conference, Liverpool, 13–17 2009

‘The Sound of San Francisco? The Grateful Dead, Urban Hippies and the Memory of the 60s’, 11th Annual Grateful Dead Caucus at the 29th Annual Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 13–16 February 2008

‘A Taste of Summer’, BBC Radio 2 documentary, 9 October 2007 (broadcast 22.30-23.30)

‘Historicizing Memory: San Francisco and the Long 60s’, Institute for Musical Research, London, 16 November 2006

‘Ending it all: Genesis and Revelation’, Symposium of the International Musicological Society, Melbourne, 14 July 2004

‘“All directions were forward from there”: The Grateful Dead, San Francisco, and the Memory of the 60s’, 39th RMA Annual Conference: Music Historiography, Cardiff University, 12 September 2003

‘From the New Jerusalem to the Secret World: Peter Gabriel and the Shifting Self’, Practising Popular Music, 12th Biennial IASPM Conference, Montreal, 3–7 July 2003

‘New Mercurial Heights: Mary Hopkin and the Other Welsh Pop Voice’, University of Surrey, 28 January 2003