Marcus O'Dair

Marcus O'Dair

Musician, Convenor of the Blockchain for Creative Industries Research Cluster and Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, Middlesex University

Marcus O’Dair is a Senior Lecturer in Popular Music at Middlesex University. As convenor of the Blockchain for Creative Industries research cluster, he is currently examining the impact of blockchain technology on the creative industries as researcher in residence at Digital Catapult. He has published academic research in peer-reviewed journals including Popular Music, IASPM@Journal and Strategic Change, and contributed to edited collections including Jazz and Totalitarianism (2017) and Punk Pedagogies (2018). He has also written for publications including the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, the Financial Times, the Irish Times, the Wire, Uncut and City Metric (New Statesman), and appeared on CNN, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music and the BBC World Service. Different Every Time, his 2014 biography of Robert Wyatt, was a Radio 4 book of the week and was shortlisted for the Penderyn music book prize. A former session musician with Passenger, he has also released three acclaimed albums and toured Europe as one half of Grasscut.

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