Background and Copyright Issues
Reason 4 (both). Its the 21st century and dead trees arent a good environmental idea. Besides, standing in front of a photocopier in a small room is not good for my health and it wastes a lot of time. I can also disseminate information quicker and cheaper if I use this website.
Reason 6 (ethical). I regard consumerist propaganda (a.k.a. advertising) as a cultural, social and ideological scourge. I think it is essential to provide non-commercial sources of ideas and information. There is an unfortunate contradiction between reasons 5 and 6.
How do these web pages help solve the professional problem?
In order to make as many of my own texts as possible available, I have converted most of the articles I have published in English to online-readable formats. I have also converted several previously unpublished writings for purposes of online accessibility (See Online texts and Conditions of use).
Several key texts by other authors are also difficult to obtain (e.g. Franco Fabbri's early work on genre and style). I intend to make more such work more readily available by publishing it online. I also include important work by my own students.
Since published course literature is scarce for most of the courses I teach, and since I previously had to spend inordinate amounts of time in front of the photocopier, I have converted important handouts to web-readable format so that students can easily access such materials (See Courses).
Sometimes students turn in work that may be of interest outside those following, or teaching, one of my courses. It would be silly if this work was not available to a larger readership (See Student texts).
Many publishers steer clear of work containing quotations of music in notated form because [i] page laying is a time-consuming process, [ii] most of the examples quoted in work about popular music are under copyright whose clearance can involve horrendous amounts of time, work and money (See Copyright matters). It is, however, important that the results of musicological work in our area of studies be readily available for purposes of education and research.
COPYRIGHT ISSUES ... see also Conditions of use
Problems of music copyright in popular music studies, music an the moving image. etc. are a veritable minefield. Visitors are therefore asked to note the following.
For one set of solutions to problems of quoting music in notated form, see MMMSP Inc.
a more detailed discussion of conventional copyright laws
effects on research and education in popular music, see the folowing documents:
I assume people come to this website for information and that they can read. I have minimised animation and tried to avoid unnecessary graphics so that pages load faster, all in an effort to save both you and me time and money online. There is already enough clutter on the web! The No Frills idea comes from the (now defunct) low-budget UK supermarket chain Kwik-Save.
I pay out of my own pocket to keep this website running. I'd rather do that than become dependent on income from sources whose activities I oppose or on those who don't like some of the things I have to say here: for example that advertising, like the capitalism it belongs to, sucks.
The reasons I dont use FaceBook or similar arrangements are:  they include advertising;  they force everyone to join or sign up to their system;  they don't allow for my free book download service;  they don’t respect Internet privacy (see FaceSpace Blither-Blather).