Popular culture sums up the experiences of individuals and communities across the globe and can be a powerful force for social change.

Our blogs are written by experts whose research covers cultural fields including film, theatre, television, animation, print media, comics, fashion, design, music and video games.

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Popular culture sums up the experiences of individuals and communities across the globe and can be a powerful force for social change.

Our blogs are written by experts whose research covers cultural fields including film, theatre, television, animation, print media, comics, fashion, design, music and video games.

23 posts found

Jelly's first jam: The life and work or Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton Jeffrey Magee writes about Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, best known for his work in jazz music as a virtuoso pianist who created a hybrid merger of ragtime and blues.

10 November 2021 4 min read

Read Jeffrey Magee's blog post about Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton, who is best known for his work in jazz music. In jazz history, Morton is regarded as a virtuoso pianist who created a hybrid merger of ragtime and blues.

Jelly Roll Morton playing his piano

Small is better? The resurrection of the seven-inch single PhD student, Gary Clarke, shares his discovery of the revival of the 7” single vinyl while funding his studies.

09 June 2021 6 min read

The sales and prices of new and secondhand 7” singles are booming in record shops, alongside the resurrection of vinyl albums, explains PhD student Gary Clarke.

Person browsing second hand vinyl records

King Creole

04 February 2021 9 min read

Professor Nicholas Gebhardt reflects on the ways that King Creole interweaves jazz into the Hollywood musical genre.

Illustrations of jazz players on the windows of an outside café

Introducing Ciara White – Musical Theatre and All That Jazz administrator

01 February 2021 9 min read

Find out more about our MT Jazz administrator Ciara White, her background and why she chose to be part of this novel research network

A needle lowered on a vinyl disc on a turntable

'Showstopper!': Improvising a musical during lockdown

31 January 2021 Professor George Burrows 9 min read

Dr George Burrows details how improvisation in the musical 'Showstopper!' relates to jazz culture.

Rows of red theatre chairs

Poirot at 100: the refugee detective who stole Britain’s heart

29 January 2021 6 min read

Dr Christopher Pittard writes for The Conversation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Agatha Christie's Poirot

Casefile on desk, illuminated by a lamp

Portsmouth academic wins international music award

15 October 2020 1 min read

Portsmouth academic wins international music award | Blogs | University of Portsmouth

George Edward Thomas Burrows

An honest lack of answers Psychology expert Dr Adrian Needs reviews 'Des' - the recent three-part ITV drama about killer Dennis Nilsen.

05 October 2020 3 min read

Psychology expert Dr Adrian Needs reviews 'Des' - the recent three-part ITV drama about killer Dennis Nilsen.

Crime scene do not enter tape

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