WRITING

As well as being a performing musician, Tom is also a teacher, writer, and academic.  His PhD was awarded by University of Salford, and his current institution is Leeds Arts University.  
Here, you can find details of Tom's teaching, writing, and conference presentations.  

BOOKS

Attah, T. (2018). I thought I heard that up north whistle blow: the role of Manchester and Leeds in the development and dissemination of blues music and blues culture. In E. Mazierska (Ed.), Sounds Northern - Popular Music, Culture and Place in England’s North. Sheffield: Equinox.

Sanjek, D. (2018). Narratives in rock & roll; stories we could tell (T. Attah, M. Duffett, & B. Halligan Eds.). London: Routledge

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Attah, T. (2016). Sheila, take a bow. Volume! The French journal of popular music studies, 12(2), 205-215.

Attah, T. (2013f). Popular music and society - the fandom issue. Volume! The French journal of popular music studies, 10(1), 320-322.

Attah, T. (2013e). Feels like going home: mythologising the story of the blues. A contratiempo - revista, 27.

Attah, T. (2012). Chris Potash - The Jimi Hendrix companion: three decades of commentary. Volume! The French journal of popular music studies, 9(2), 160-161.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Attah, T. (2018). To make purple, you need blue: Prince as the embodiment of the postmodern blues aesthetic. Paper presented at the Prince in Minneapolis Conference, University of Minnesota.

Attah, T. (2017d). Halls without walls: examining the development, dissemination and perpetuation of blues music and blues culture Paper presented at the Royal Musical Association Annual Conference, University of Liverpool.

Attah, T. (2017c). To make purple, you need blue: Prince as the embodiment of the postmodern blues aesthetic. Paper presented at the Purple Reign Conference, University of Salford.

Attah, T.(2017b).Halls without walls: examining the development, dissemination and perpetuation of blues music and blues culture Paper presented at the Digital folk symposium University ofSheffield.

Attah, T. (2017a). Ain’t no grave can hold my body down: exploring the persistence of mythology in blues culture. Paper presented at the Equal Platforms Conference, University of Gloucester.

Attah, T., & Spelman, N. (2016). Sheila, take a bow. Plenary paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, University of Sussex.

Attah, T. (2014). From the Delta to the download: influence and effects of technology in the blues. Paper presented at the Innovation in Popular Music, Leeds College of Music.

Attah, T. (2013g). Whose Blues? Issues of identity and ownership in contemporary blues music culture and performance. Paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, University of Glasgow.

Attah, T. (2012d). Feels like going home: mythologising the story of the blues. Paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, University of Salford.

MAGAZINE ARTICLES

Attah, T. (2013d, 01/04/13). Mythbusting #7: The blues is a traditional style unaffected by technology. Blues In Britain Magazine.

Attah, T. (2013c, 01/03/13). Mythbusting #6: Al Wilson had to re-teach Son House how to play the guitar Blues In Britain Magazine.

Attah, T. (2013b, 01/02/13). Mythbusting #5: Eric Burdon and the origins of the House of the Rising Sun. Blues In Britain Magazine.

Attah, T. (2013a, 01/01/13). Mythbusting #4: Was Muddy Waters really painting the ceiling at Chess Records when he met the Rolling Stones? Blues In Britain Magazine.

Attah, T. (2012c, 01/12/12). Mythbusting #3: Was W.C. Handy really the father of the blues? Blues In Britain Magazine.

Attah, T. (2012b, 01/11/12). Mythbusting #2: Robert Johnson sells his soul to the devil. Blues In Britain Magazine.

Attah, T. (2012a, 01/10/12). Mythbusting #1: Leadbelly sings his way out of prison. Blues In Britain Magazine.