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Dr Pete Dale

Senior Lecturer
Music and Sound for Media

Academic and professional qualifications


Previous Employment

Early Career Fellow in Popular Music at Oxford Brookes University;
Head of Music at Thomas Hepburn Community School, Gateshead;
Slampt record label organiser

Research Expertise

Music education and, in particular, the use of DJ decks and MCing to re-engage disaffected young people;
Punk and Post-Punk music from the 1970s to the present;
Critical theory, post-structuralism and phenomenology


A selection of recent research outputs.


Dale, P., 2017. 'Engaging Students with Music Education DJ Decks, Urban Music and Child-centred Learning', Taylor & Francis.

Dale, P., 2016. 'Engaging Students with Music Education', Routledge.

Dale, P., 2016. 'Popular Music and the Politics of Novelty', Bloomsbury Publishing USA.

Dale, DP., 2012. 'Anyone Can Do It: Empowerment, Tradition and the Punk Underground', Ashgate Publishing, Ltd..

Book Chapters

Dale, P., 2019. 'What if Keith Levene never left the Clash?: Punk and the Politics of Novelty'. In Coulter, C. (eds.) Working for the Clampdown The Clash, the Dawn of Neoliberalism and the Political Promise of Punk, Manchester University Press.

Dale, P., 2018. ''Are You Scared to Get Punky?: Indie Pop and Punk Rock''. In Ripped, torn and cut Pop, politics and punk fanzines from 1976, Oxford University Press.

Dale, P., 2018. ''Do What Yourself?: Querying the Status of "It" in Contemporary Punk''. In Do what Yourself?: Querying the Status of 'it' in Contemporary Punk.

Stahl, G., Dale, P., 2018. 'Masculine Learner Identities in the Field of Student-Directed Musical Learning'. In Bourdieu's Field Theory and the Social Sciences, pp. 39-52, Springer Singapore.

Dale, P., 2018. 'Punk as Folk: Continuities and Tensions in the UK and Beyond'. In The Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock.

Dale, P., 2016. 'More Than Music? Confusions of Musical Style and Political Attitude in Anarcho-Punk from Crass Onwards'. In The Aesthetic of Our Anger: Anarcho-Punk, Politics and Music (Colchester: Minor Compositions).

Dale, PRW., Stahl, G., 2015. 'DJ and MC Habitus and 'Skillz' in Peer-led Learning Cultures'. In Burnard, P., Hofvander Trulsson, Y., Soderman, Y. (eds.) Bourdieu and the Sociology of Music Education, pp. 127-142, Ashgate Publishing/Routledge.

Dale, P., 2013. ''Success on the Decks: Working-class Boys, Education and Turning the Tables on Perceptions of Failure'. In Gender and Education.

Dale, P., 2013. 'Death to Trad Historicism: Futuremania, avant-gardism and Scottish post-Punk 1985-1994'. In Death to Trad Historicism: Futuremania, Avant-gardism and Scottish Post-Punk 1985-1994, pp. 165-178, Intellect.

Dale, P., 2012. ''Derridean Justice and the DJ: A Classroom Impossibility?''. In Philosophy of Music
Education Review, 20:2

Stahl, G., Dale, P., 2012. 'Creating Positive Spaces of Learning: DJers and MCers Identity Work with New Literacies'. In Educational Forum, pp. 510-523, Informa UK Limited.

Dale, P., 2009. 'Punk as folk: Tradition as inevitability, the appearance of subjectivity and the circuitry of justice'. In Radical Musicology, Vol. 4, on-line.

Dale, P., 2008. 'It was easy, it was cheap, so what?: Reconsidering the DIY principle of punk and indie music'. In Popular Music History, 3/2, pp.171-193, Equinox Publishing.

Dale, P., 2008. 'The Scholar and the Punk: Hebdige's Master Narrative and the Deceptive Self-knowledge of the Subaltern'. In Webb, P., Lincoln, S., Through the Subcultural Lens: Hebdige and Subculture in the 21st Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave).

Journal Articles

Sabin, R., Dale, P., Dines, M., Hornsby, I., 2018. 'Book Reviews', Punk & Post Punk, 7 (1), pp. 117-127.

Dale, P., 2018. 'Do what yourself?: Querying the status of 'it' in contemporary punk', Punk & Post Punk, 7 (1), pp. 25-35.

Bestley, R., Dale, P., 2018. 'Editorial', Punk & Post Punk, 7 (1), pp. 3-5.

Dale, P., 2017. 'Global Punk: Resistance and Rebellion in Everyday Life. By Kevin Dunn . London: Bloomsbury, 2016. 229 pp. ISBN 9781628926057', Popular Music, 36 (2), pp. 314-317.

Dale, P., 2017. 'Penny Rimbaud interview', Punk & Post Punk, 6 (3), pp. 395-407.

Lohman, K., Dale, P., 2016. 'Book Reviews', Punk & Post Punk, 5 (1), pp. 39-43.

Stahl, G., Dale, P., 2013. 'Success on the decks: working-class boys, education and turning the tables on perceptions of failure', Gender and Education, 25 (3), pp. 357-372.