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Dr Justin Williams


Justin received a BA in History and a BA in Music from Stanford University in 2004, MMus in Music from King’s College London (2005) and a PhD from the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Adam Krims (2010). He has taught at Leeds College of Music, Lancaster University and Anglia Ruskin University, and has been published in Popular Music, Popular Music History, and The Journal of Musicology. His book Rhymin' and Stealin' (2013)on musical borrowing and intertextuality in hip-hop music, is published by University of Michigan Press for the ‘Tracking Pop’ series (eds. John Covach, Lori Burns, and Albin Zak). He has edited the Cambridge Companion to Hip-hop (2015) and co-edited (with Katherine Williams) the Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter (2016) and the Singer-Songwriter Handbook (2017). 

As a professional trumpet and piano player in California, he ran a successful jazz piano trio and played with the band Bucho! which won a number of Sacramento Area Music Awards and were signed to two record labels. He is currently member of a number of societies, including the AMS, SAM, IASPM (US and UK branches), and  the RMA. His next project is on hip-hop in the UK.  



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