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Radio and the Music Confessional

Cottrell, S.J. ORCID: 0000-0003-4019-798X (2023). Radio and the Music Confessional. In: Wilford, S., Tragaki, D. & Cottrell, S.J. ORCID: 0000-0003-4019-798X (Eds.), Ethnomusicology and Its Intimacies. (pp. 75-90). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003365792-9


It is the hot, early summer of 2022 and I am sat in the garden of my house in south-east London, among thirsty flowers and wilting shrubs. Leaning back in a reclining chair, my feet propped up by another, I am listening to radio podcasts via my phone. A comfortable pair of headphones shuts out the surrounding urban noise, allowing me to lose myself in the radiophonic moment. I choose the next programme and press play. A familiar theme tune strikes up, overlaid with sounds of lapping waves and herring gulls, and I am ready to drift away for another forty minutes on an imaginary desert island, surrounded by the sea. The presenter, an invited guest, and me. Just the three of us…

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter that is published by Routledge in Ethnomusicology and Its Intimacies available online:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
M Music and Books on Music
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Departments: Presidents's Portfolio
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