Open Eye: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll ; Britain's First Professor of Popular Music Is a Granny Who's a Fan of Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, Reports Yvonne Cook
Cook, Yvonne, The Independent (London, England)
The Beatles sang about revolution, and ended up as part of the establishment, receiving their MBE insignia from the Queen. The world of rock and pop music abounds in paradox, and nowhere more so than in the person of Sheila Whiteley, Britain's first Professor of Popular Music.
A woman in a field dominated by men, and a grandmother (aged 59) in a domain associated with youth, it comes as little surprise to learn that she followed an unconventional path to an academic career.
Like a lot of OU graduates she has taken the long route to get to where, retrospectively, she ought to have been heading since the Sixties when she fell in love with the music of Jim Morrison …
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Publication information: Article title: Open Eye: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll ; Britain's First Professor of Popular Music Is a Granny Who's a Fan of Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, Reports Yvonne Cook. Contributors: Cook, Yvonne - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: February 6, 2001. Page number: 2. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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