Simon Warner teaches Popular Music Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. His research interests focus on the relationship between the Beat Generation writers and the subsequent rock culture, a topic that will come under scrutiny in his volume Text and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture, due through Bloomsbury in 2013. His published work on the Beat/rock nexus has, so far, concentrated primarily on the activities of Allen Ginsberg. His edited collection on the key Ginsberg verse, Howl for Now, was published in 2005 and linked to a live performance that commemorated the original reading of the piece. His article on Ginsberg’s celebrated 1965 visit to Liverpool – where pop and poetry had forged a dynamic mix in the wake of Beatlemania – appeared in the collection Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant Garde, which was published in 2007 and accompanied a major Tate Liverpool exhibition. A conference and wider body of events, under his co-direction, commemorating the half-centenary of the British publication of On the Road was staged at Birmingham University in late 2008 and early 2009. His 75th birthday tribute to British Beat Michael Horovitz was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 in April 2010. His live rock reviews and obituaries have appeared in The Guardian and his articles have been seen in Beat Scene and Beatdom.
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