ABOUT Michael Brocken

Dr. Michael Brocken holds one of the world's very first doctorates in Popular Music Studies (Insitute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool). He retired as Sr. Lecturer in Popular Music Studies at Liverpool Hope University where he taught at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels and supervised post-graduate student research.
He developed the world's first Masters level taught-programme concerning the Beatles' impact on music and society, serving as director for this groundbreaking course, which concluded with his retirement after a ground-breaking ten years.


An accomplished acoustic guitarist, Mike also has had a lengthy career as a broadcaster, having presented Folkscene, BBC's Radio Merseyside longest running program for over four decades.

He has published on a variety of popular music areas and contributes for the New Oxford Dictionary of National Biographies, the Encyclopaedia of Popular Music of the World and other compilations. Mike lives in Chester with his wife, Chris, and is, by coincidence, a Chicago Cubs fan. 

Also by Michael Brocken:

Upcoming, 2nd edition of The British Folk Revival (2022)

Gordon Stretton, Black British Transoceanic Jazz Pioneer A New Jazz Chronicle (with Jeff Daniels) (2018)

The Twenty-First-Century Legacy of the Beatles: Liverpool and Popular Music Heritage Tourism (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series) (2015)

Standing In the Wings: The Beatles, Brian Epstein and Me (with Joe Flannery) (2013)

Other Voices: The hidden histories of popular music in Liverpool 1930-1976, Ashgate (2010)

Liverpool City RLFC: Rugby League In A Football City, LLP (2008)

Bacharach: Maestro! The Life of a Pop Genius, Chrome Dreams (2003)

The British Folk Revival, Ashgate (2003)

Some Other Guys! Some Theories about Signification: Beatles Cover Versions, Mayfield (1996)