Edited anthology

From Soul to Hip Hop (The Library of Essays on Popular Music), ed. Tom Perchard. Routledge, 2014.


Edited journal issue

Tom Perchard and Devon Powers, eds. The Critical Imperative. Special issue of Popular Music. 36/1 (2017).


Journal articles

Listening, Technology and Historical Method: Placing Audio in the Postwar British Home’. Journal of the Royal Musical Association. 142/2 (2017). 367-399.

Mid-Century Modern Jazz: Music and Design in the Postwar Home’. Popular Music. 36/1 (2017). 55-74.

Devon Powers and Tom Perchard. ‘Introduction: The Critical Imperative’. Popular Music. 36/1 (2017). 1-5.

New Riffs on the Old Mind-Body Blues: “Black Rhythm,” “White Logic,” and Music Theory in the 21st-Century’. Journal of the Society for American Music. 9/3 (2015). 321-348.

Doing Musical Fieldwork with James G. Spady’. The Western Journal of Black Studies. 37/2 (2013). 104-112.

Hugues Panassié Contra Walter Benjamin: Bodies, Masses and the Iconic Jazz Recording in Mid-Century France’. Popular Music and Society. 35/3 (2012). 375-398.

Hip Hop Samples Jazz: Dynamics of Cultural Memory and Musical Tradition in the African American 1990s’. American Music. 29/3 (2011). 277-307.

Thelonious Monk meets the French critics: Art and Entertainment, Improvisation, and its Simulacrum’. Jazz Perspectives. 5/1 (2011). 61-94.

Tradition, Modernity and the Supernatural Swing: Re-Reading “Primitivism” in Hugues Panassié’s Writing on Jazz’. Popular Music. 30/1 (2011). 25-45.

Writing Jazz Biography: Race, Research and Narrative Representation’. Popular Music History. 2/2 (2007). 119-145.


book sections

‘The Vocalized Tone’. The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies, ed. Tony Whyton, Nicholas Gebhardt and Nicole T. Rustin. Routledge. Forthcoming (2018).

‘Introduction’. From Soul to Hip Hop (The Library of Essays on Popular Music), ed. Tom Perchard. Routledge. xi-xxix.


Selected reviews

'Phil Ford, Dig: Sound & Music in Hip Culture'. Popular Music. 37/1 (2018). 136-139.

Growing Old Together: Pop Studies and Music Sociology Today’ (review essay). Twentieth-Century Music. 14/2 (2017). 335-343.

Eric Drott, Music and the Elusive Revolution: Cultural Politics and Political Culture in France, 1968-1981’. Volume ! La Revue des musiques populaires / The French journal of popular music studies. 9/2 (2013). 150-152

Robin D. G. Kelley, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original’. Jazz Research Journal. 3/2 (2009). 212-219.

Eithne Quinn, Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap’. Popular Music. 24/3 (2005). 459-462.



Historical consultant, BBC Films. Rock ‘n’ Roll Guns for Hire: The Story of the Sideman. Dir. Frances Whateley. Transmitted 7 July 2017.

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3. Jazz Now. Transmitted 13 October 2016.       

Historical consultant, BBC Radio 4. Things Called Jazz that are Not Jazz. Transmitted 30 August 2016.

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3. Jazz Library: Barney Wilen. 24 September 2011.

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3. Jazz Library: Clifford Brown. 30 October 2010.

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3. Jazz Library: Booker Little. 13 June 2009.

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3. Jazz Library: Lee Morgan. 11 July 2008.

Contributor, The Wire, 2001-2007. Monthly reviews of recordings, concerts and books covering jazz, improvisation, hip hop, contemporary composition, electronica and experimental music.