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USF Mourns the “Professor of Pop”

Originally published in The San Francisco Foghorn
3 October 2013

Last Thursday afternoon, Led Zeppelin echoed throughout Fromm Hall in honor of Andrew Goodwin, a Media Studies professor whose passion for popular music and critical theory helped pioneer the major as it is known and loved at USF.

Friends, family, colleagues and former students, all stunned by his sudden loss in a fire on September 10, gathered to recall his memory and share anecdotes about Goodwin, a man recalled as profoundly passionate about popular culture— hence his self-assigned nickname, “The Professor of Pop.” The London native’s love for pop culture was rivaled only by his passion for the Chelsea Football Club.
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LCC Publishing students present to IPC media panel

Originally published on London College of Communication Blog
24 March 2014

Earlier this month, London College of Communication and the UK’s largest magazine publishers, IPC Media, teamed up to host an innovative event where BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing and MA Publishing students presented major project ideas to a panel of experts.

The collaboration took place at IPC’s magazine and digital media HQ at the Blue Fin Building, giving students a real-life context in which to receive feedback and insights about their research around a changing industry. Students, mostly in their BA final year, presented their themes, questions and methods about magazine-related topics or media ideas.
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Lily Allen’s (Almost) Back – A Look at Lil’s Essentials to Tide You Over

Originally published on Fuse Magazine UK

It’s been 4 years since the pop songstress released her last album, 2009’s It’s Not Me It’s You, during which she founded a clothing line, beefed with numerous celebrities on Twitter and oh, popped out two babies. For a notoriously snarky singer who built up a career on jibes about her various ex-lovers, its been somewhat of a question how newfound domesticism might change Allen’s music. How many dirty sex jokes or slants at someone else’s appendages, can you make when you’re happily married?

The critical jury’s still out on whether or not Allen can measure up to her Alright, Still golden days-– Hard Out Here was a brilliant re-entry into the music industry, tackling cultural hot-topics of the moment sexism and slut-shaming with her trademark sharp tongue …and then there were single flops “L8 CMMR” and “Air Balloon,” featuring flat lyrics over sugary electropop backing tracks poorly suited to someone as witty as Allen.

As we await her currently untitled third album (or at least more singles to give us a better handle on whether it’ll be worth buying or not) it’s only fitting to listen back at some essential Lily Allen classics.
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