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 is Sr. Lecturer in Popular Music Studies at Liverpool Hope University where he teaches at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels and also supervises post-graduate student research.

He developed the world's first Masters level taught-programme concerning the Beatles impact on music and society and is director and lecturer for this groundbreaking course, now in its fourth year.

An accomplished acoustic guitarist, Mike also has had a career as a broadcaster, having presented 'Brock n Roll' his own series of popular music shows on BBC Radio Merseyside between 1999-2007. Liverpool born and bred, Mike is sole proprietor of Mayfield – one of Liverpool's oldest independent record labels.

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 from Routledge, The British Folk Revival, 2nd ed. (2022)

‘Beatles Heritage Tourism in Liverpool: Standing at the Crossroads’ in Kit O’Toole and Kenneth Womack [eds.], Fandom and the Beatles: The Act You’ve Known For All These Years, Oxford University Press (2021)

‘Dig a Pony’, Beatles Story website:

#LetitBe50: https://www.beatlesstory.com/blog/2020/05/06/dig-a-pony-let-it-be-50/ , (2020)

'Buildings Matter - Whitechapel and the Casbah', in Popular Music History 12/1, Sheffield: Equinox (2019)

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)