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Sini Timonen

PhD student

Department of Music

E: sini.timonen.1@city.ac.uk

Thesis title: A musicological ethnography of female popular musicians in England, 1962 - 1971

Supervisors: Dr Christopher Wiley and Professor Steve Stanton

Overview and research interests

Sini Timonen is working on a thesis on women musicians' participation in and contribution to popular music in England between the years of 1962 and 1971. Her project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, stems from original interviews with singers and instrumentalists active within the above timeframe.

The focus of her research is on three musical worlds - the pop music industry, regional beat scenes and the folk/singer-songwriter scene - and she predominantly concentrates on investigating the musical lives and music-making practices of grassroots level performers whose contribution to 1960s popular music has hitherto gone largely unacknowledged.

Research interests

  • Popular music (specialising in 1960s pop and rock)
  • Music and gender
  • Ethnographic research methods

Sini has a first class BMus (Hons) degree (2005) and was awarded an MA by research degree for her thesis 'Girls in the Garage: Gender and Tradition in Garage Rock' at Kingston University in 2008.

Publications

  • 'A Musicological Ethnography of Female Popular Musicians in England, 1962 - 1971', PhD thesis, City, University of London (forthcoming)
  • 'Foreword' in It's Different for Girls, Merle Phillips and Margaret Brown, self-published by authors, 2013, pp. iii-vi
  • 'Truth Gotta Stand: 60s Garage, Beat and 70s Rock' in Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to the Modern, ed. Julia Downes, Twickenham: Supernova Books, 2012, pp. 62-82.

Conference and seminar papers

  • 'Rediscovering British All-girl Beat Groups of the 1960s: A Case Study of Mandy and the Girlfriends', Music Concerts and Colloquia, Middlesex University London, January 2014 (forthcoming)
  • 'Rediscovering British All-girl Beat Groups of the 1960s: A Case Study of Mandy and the Girlfriends', IASPM 17th Biennial Conference, Universidad de Oviedo, June 2013.
  • 'The Girl Singer in 1960s London: the Position of Female Vocalists within the Pop Music Industry', Biennial IASPM UK/Ireland Conference, University of Salford, September 2012
  • 'Narratives of Segregation and Independence: Female Singers and Regional Beat Group Scenes in England in the 1960s', Centre for the Study of Women and Gender Graduate Seminar Series, University of Warwick, June 2012
  • * 'The Girl Singer in 1960s England: the Position of Female Vocalists within Regional Scenes and the Pop Music Industry', Kingston University Music Research Seminar Series, November 2011
  • 'Narratives of Segregation and Independence: Female Singers and Regional Beat Group Scenes in England in the 1960s', IASPM Postgraduate Conference, University of Liverpool, June 2011.

Professional Recognition

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), December 2012

Teaching

Sini has taught classes on Popular Music at the University of East Anglia (2013), Goldsmiths, University of London (2013), City University London (2013), Middlesex University (2011-12) and Kingston University (2007-12).