Dr Les Gillon is based at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), where he is Principle Lecturer for Research in the  School of Journalism Media and Performance.  He is also Director of  UCLan Recordings Group, a label that supports innovative and original music, co-director of MusicResearch@uclan,  a member of the Preston Jazz and Improvisation Festival Committee and the Steering Group of the UCLan Arts and Wellbeing Network.

Recent Publications

Les Gillon  (2017)  The Uses of Reason in the Evaluation of Artworks: Commentaries on the Turner Prize, Palgrave Macmillan


Les Gillon and Ewa Mazierska, ‘The Missing Star of MC Tunes’, in Mazierska, E (ed) Sounds Northern: Popular Music, Culture and Place in England’s North, Equinox Publishing (2018)


Ewa Mazierska, Les Gillon and Tony Rigg (eds) (2019) Popular Music in the Post-Digital Age: Politics, Economy, Culture and Technology, Bloomsbury


Les Gillon   (2018) ‘Varieties of Freedom in Music Improvisation.’ Open Cultural Studies ISSN 2451-3474

Les Gillon  (2020) Nostalgia and Simulacra: Blackpool in Song. 

This chapter about the representation of Blackpool in popular songs was published in Ewa Mazierska (ed) Blackpool in Film and Popular Music. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 83-99. ISBN 978-3-030-49934-

Ewa Mazierska, Les Gillon and Tony Rigg (eds) (2021) The Evolution of Electronic Dance Music , Bloomsbury

Jules O’Riordan (a.k.a. Judge Jules) and Les Gillon (2021) ‘The Artist/Manager Relationship’  in Harrison and Rigg The Present and Future of Music Law Bloomsbury 2021