Today I presented a short paper at a conference at the University of Kent. The conference’s theme was ‘Masculinity and the Metropolis’.
My paper was entitled ‘Nothing But Rubber Heels’: Mobility, Virility and the Imagined Female Gaze in Black American Popular Song (1948 – 1963).
At the end of the presentation I invited any audience members who were interested in hearing more of the kind of music I spoke about to come here and check out this Spotify playlist. So here it is. It includes all the songs that featured prominently in my presentation, plus some alternate versions of one or two, and plenty of others. Hope you enjoy.
Update – June 2016:
I am currently working up the paper I gave at this conference into an article. After I’ve completed that I will follow up this post with some song notes: recording/release dates, writing credits, record labels and serial numbers wherever I can find them etc.