Bill is Professor in Media, Culture and Communications.
His research interests focus on modern American and British media and cultural history — with particular regard to the areas of gender, sexuality, youth culture, consumption, print media, popular television, film and music.
Bill is involved with the delivery of a range of media and mass communications modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He also plays a key role in the development of research strategies for the media, digital media and mass communications subject area. As such, Bill welcomes applications from students interested in undertaking postgraduate research.
i) Single-Authored Books
- Biker: Style and Subculture on Hell’s Highway, Guildford, CT (US): Lyons Press, 2005 - translated into Japanese in 2009 and published as アウトロー・バイカー伝説 by the publisher スタジオタッククリエイティブ.
- Youth and the Media, London: Routledge, 2004.
- Playboys in Paradise: Masculinity, Youth and Leisure-Style in Modern America, Oxford: Berg / New York University Press, 2001.
- Youth in Britain Since 1945, Oxford: Blackwell, 1998.
ii) Edited Anthologies
- (with the Subcultures Network) Youth Culture, Popular Music and the End of 'Consensus', London: Routledge, 2014.
- (with the Subcultures Network) Fight Back: Punk, Politics and Resistance, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014 .
- (with the Subcultures Network) Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2014.
- (with Anna Gough-Yates) Action TV: 'Tough Guys, Smooth Operators and Foxy Chicks' (2001) London: Routledge.
iii) Journal Articles
- ‘“Bovver” Books of the 1970s: Subcultures, Crisis and “Youth-sploitation” Novels’, Special Edition: Youth Sucbculture and the Collpase of Consensus, Journal of Contemporary British History, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2012.
- ‘The Filth and the Fury: The Development and Impact of British Punk Rock’, Groniek: Historisch Tijdschrift, special edition - muziek
en maatschappij in de twintigste eeuw, July 2008.
- 'The "Bachelor Pad" As Cultural Icon',Journal of Design History, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2005.
- 'Sleazy Riders: Exploitation, "Otherness" and Transgression in the 1960s Biker Movie', Journal of Popular Film and Television, Autumn, 2003.
- 'A Pedigree of the Consuming Male: Masculinity, Consumption and the American "Leisure Class"', in Bethan Benwell (ed.), Masculinity and Men's Lifestyle Magazines, Sociological Reviewedited monographs series, 2003.
- '"The Young Ones": Youth, Consumption and Representations of the "Teenager" in Post war Britain', Anglistik & Englischuntericht, No. 63, 2000.
- ‘"Well, It’s Saturday Night an’ I Just Got Paid": Youth, Consumption and Hegemony in Britain1945-90’, Contemporary Record, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1992.
iv) Anthology Chapters
- - ‘The Best of British Bovver: Richard Allen and New English Library’ and ‘The Pulp Delinquents: Youth, Gangs and Crime in American Popular Literature’, two chapters in Iain McIntyre and Andrew Nette (eds), Beat Girls, Love Tribes and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950–1980, Chorus Press, Australia, 2015.
- - ‘Porn to Be Wild: Identity and the Aesthetics of Otherness in Subcultural Erotica’, in Enrico Biasin, Giovanna Maina and Federico Zecca,(eds), Porn After Porn: Contemporary Alternative Pornographies, Milano: Mimesis Edizion 2014.
- - ‘Mapping the Male in Magazines’, in Martin Conboy and John Steel (eds), Routledge Companion to British Media History, London: Routledge, 2014.
- - ‘Stanley Cohen’s Folk Devils and Moral Panics Revisted’, in Lawrence Black and Hugh Pemberton (eds), Reassessing 1970s Britain, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013.
- - ‘“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life:” Romantic Nostalgia and the Early 1960s’, in Yannis Tzioumakis and Sian Lincoln (eds), The Time of Our Lives: Dirty Dancing and Popular Culture, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2013.
- - ‘Pages of Sin: Bettie Page – From “Cheesecake” Tease to Bondage Queen’, in Xavier Mendik (ed.), Peep Shows: Essays in Visual Erotica, London: Columbia University Press, 2013.
- - ‘Teenagers, TV and Film’, in Nancy Lesko and Susan Talburt (eds), Youth Studies: Keywords and Movements, London: Routledge, 2012.
- - ‘Short Circuits: Computer Games, Youth Culture and the Shifting Character of Commercial Relations’, in Winfred Kaminski and Martin Lorber (eds), Clash of Realities: Computerspiele und Soziale Wirklichkeit, Munich, 2011.
- - ‘Youth Media’, in Qingwen Dong (ed.), American Mass Media and Popular Culture, San Diego: Cognella, 2010.
- - ‘The Usual Suspects: Media Representations of Youth’, in Daniele Albertazzi and Paul Cobley (eds), The Media (3rd edition), Edinburgh: Pearson Education, 2009.
- ‘Two-Fisted Tales of Brutality and Belligerence: Masculinity and Meaning in the American "True Adventure" Pulps of the 1950s and 1960s’, in Jessica Meyer and Heather Ellis (eds),Masculinity and the Other: Masculine Alterity in Historical Perspective,Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2008.
- ‘The Usual Suspects: Media Representations of Youth’, in Daniele Albertazzi and Paul Cobley (eds), The Media (3rd edition), Edinburgh: Pearson Education, 2008.
- ‘Pages of Sin: Bettie Page - From "Cheesecake" Tease to Bondage Queen’, in Xavier Mendik (ed.), Peep Shows: Essays in Visual Erotica,London: Wallflower Press, 2008.
- ‘Understanding the "Jackpot Market": Media, Marketing and the Rise of the American Teenager’, in Dan Romer and Patrick Jamieson (eds), The Changing Portrayal of Youth in the Media and Why It Matters Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
- ‘Sells Like Teen Spirit: Business, Technology and the "Post-Fordist" Youth Market’, in Usha Rodrigez and Belinda Smaile (eds), Youth Media in the Asia Pacific Region, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.
- ‘Kamikaze Riders’, in Arthur Veno (ed.),Bikers, London, Constable and Robinson, 2007.
- '"Seized By Change, Liberated By Affluence": Youth, Consumption and Cultural Change in Postwar Britain', in Bob Moore (ed.), Twentieth Century Mass Culture in Britain and the netherlands, Oxford: Berg: 2006.
- 'Rapture of the Deep: Leisure, Lifestyle and the Lure of 60s Scuba', in David Bell and Joanne Hollows (eds), Historicising Lifestyle: Mediating Taste, Consumption and Identity from the 1900s to the 1970s, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.
- 'Sex, Style and Single Girls: Consumerism, Representation and the "New Femininity" in 1960s America', in David Holloway and John Beck (eds),American Visual Culture, London: Continuum, 2005.
- 'Youth Cultures in Contemporary Britain', in Paul Addison and Harriet Jones (eds), The Blackwell Companion to Conemporary British History, Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.
- '"So Who's Got Time For Adults!": Femininity, Consumption and the Development of Teen TV — From Gidgetto Buffy', in Glyn Davis and Kay Dickinson (eds), Teen TV in the 1990s: Genre, Consumption and Identity, London: BFI, 2004.
- 'Full Throttle on the Highway to Hell: Mavericks, Machismo and Mayhem in the American Biker Movie', in Xavier Mendik and Steven Jay Schneider (eds),Underground USA Filmmaking Beyond the Hollywood Canon, London: Wallflower Press, 2002.
- '"A Caste, A Culture, A Market": Youth, Lifestyle and Marketing Practice in Postwar America', in Ronald Strickland (ed.), Growing Up Postmodern, Chicago: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002.
- '"The Good, The Bad and the Ugly": Media Representations of Youth Since 1945', in Paul Cobley and Adam Briggs (eds), Introduction to the Media, London: Longman, 2nd. edn., 2002.
- '"Shakin' All Over": Teenagers, Consumption, and Social Change in Postwar Britain', in Michael Oliker and Walter P. Krolikowski (eds), Images of Youth: Popular Culture as Educational Ideology, Chicago: Peter Lang Press, United States, 2001.
- 'Masculinity, Consumption and British Television During the 1960s', in Antonio Ballesteros-Gonzalez and Lucia Mora (eds), Popular Texts in English: New Perspectives, Ciudad Real (Spain): Cuenca: Ediciones de la Universidad de Castila - La Mancha, 2001.
- 'Bachelors in Paradise: Masculinity, Lifestyle and Men's Magazines in Postwar America', in John Horne (ed.),Masculinities: Leisure Cultures, Identities and Consumption, LSA Publication No. 69, 2000.
- 'Muscular Manhood and Salacious Sleaze: The Singular World of the 1950s "Macho Pulps"', in Nathan Abrams and Julie Hughes (eds), Containing Cultures: Cultural Production and Consumption in Fifties America, Birmingham: Birmingham University Press, 2000.
- '"Stand-by for Action!": Gerry Anderson, Supermarionation and the "White-Heat" of Sixties Modernity', in Graeme Harper and Xavier Mendik (eds), Cult Film and Its Critics, London:Film Forum/FAB Press, 2000.
- 'Beach Bound: Exotica, Leisure-Style and Popular Culture in Postwar America: From South Pacific to Beach Blanket Bingo', in Bill Marshall (ed.), Musicals: Hollywood and Beyond, Exeter: Intellect Press, 2000.
- '"Chewing Out a Rhythm on My Bubble-gum": The Teen Aesthetic and Genealogies of American Punk', in Roger Sabin (ed.), Punk Rock - So What?: The Cultural Legacy of Punk, London: Routledge, 1999.
- ‘"The Good, The Bad and the Ugly": Media Representations of Youth Since 1945’, in Paul Cobley and Adam Briggs (eds), Introduction to the Media, London: Longman, 1997.
- ‘"Something in the Air": Youth Culture and Subcultural Style in Sixties Britain’, in David Mellor, Laurence Bertrand Dorléac and Sarah Wilson (eds), Les Années Utopies: France et Grande-Bretagne 1962-1973, Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, Paris, 1996. (Also published in Britain by Philip Wilson Press as The Sixties: Britain and France, 1962-1973 - The Utopian Years).
Recent Indicators of Esteem
- 2014 – present Member of Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College.
- 2011 – Visiting Professor (Cultural Studies), University of Vienna, Austria.
- 2010 – Visiting Professor (Cultural Studies), University of Vienna, Austria.
Editorial Board Membership
- Member of the Editorial Board for Intensities: Journal of Cult Media.
- Member of the Editorial Board for Journal of Punk and Post-Punks Studies (Intellect Press).
- Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for ‘Cultographies’ book series (Wallflower Press).