Dr Justin A Williams

BA(Stanford), MMUS(Kings College London), PhD(Nott.)

  • BS8 1SA


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Personal profile

Research interests

Most of my published work has engaged with the study of hip-hop music and culture, but have also written on jazz, crowdfunding and the figure of the singer-songwriter. I am currently writing on a book on UK hip-hop in the 21st century. 
Other research interests include:
  • Popular music studies (especially hip-hop)
  • Musical borrowing
  • Film music and other forms of audio-visual intermediality (e.g. YouTube)
  • Jazz (history, arranging, analysis and composition)
  • The singer-songwriter
  • Intersections between progressive rock and jazz 'fusion' in the 1970s
  • Digital patronage
  • Music and geography
  • Mobility and sound studies
  • The analysis of record production


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Research Output

Brithop: UK Regional Rap in the 21st Century

Williams, J., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Oxford University Press. 250 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

Stylistic Adaptation and Return to Forever's Romantic Warrior (1976)

Williams, J., 1 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Jazz Perspectives.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Forum “Who is British Music?” Placing Migrants in National Music History

    Scheding, F., Scott, D. B., Levi, E., Williams, J., Tackley, C., Western, T. & Scheding, F. (ed.), 29 Nov 2018, In : Twentieth Century Music. 15, 3, p. 439-492 54 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    340 Downloads (Pure)


    Performance, Conversation, and Workshop with The Last Poets

    Justin Williams (Organiser), & Rebecca Kosick (Organiser)

    25 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesFestival, exhibition, performance

    Illicit Knowledge: Copyright, Piracy, and Intellectual Property in Historical Perspective

    Justin A Williams (Participant)

    24 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    'Brithop' talk at University of Nottingham Research Seminar Series

    Justin A Williams (Participant)

    20 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Supervised Work

    Crossing the divide: the ‘reinvention method’ for creative collaborative learning in pairs between advanced classical and jazz students

    Author: James, J., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Williams, J. (Supervisor) & Pickard, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Psyculture in Bristol: Careers, Projects and Strategies in Digital Music-Making

    Author: Charles, C., 31 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Williams, J. (Supervisor) & Ellis, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Reframing hip-hop's politics: theorising hegemony in hip-hop studies

    Author: Gibson, A., 6 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Williams, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)