Lucy O'Brien

Course Leader Music Journalism and Music Marketing, UCA Epsom

Academic, School of Film Media and Performing Arts

Lucy O'Brien leads our Music Journalism and Music Marketing courses, she is the author of She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Popular Music. Lucy has taught across a number of different music and media courses.

Lucy became course leader of UCA’s BA (Hons) Music Journalism in 2013, and in 2015 also course leader of BA (Hons) Music Marketing. Prior to this she worked as a lecturer in Media & Communications at London University Goldsmith’s College, and taught on the Commercial Music BA at University of Westminster, and Popular Music Journalism at Southampton Solent.

Lucy graduated with a BA (Hons) English from Leeds University before working as a writer/broadcaster for 25 years. She has published three editions of She Bop, the history of women in popular music, and in-depth music biographies. She has also written for a variety of titles including NME, Mojo, Q, The Guardian, the Sunday Times and Marie Claire, and been a guest contributor and consultant for C4, and BBC TV and radio.

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Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013).
  • Member of the International Society for the Study of Popular Music.
  • Editorial reviewer for a number of journals, including Popular Music, and NECSUS, European Journal for Media Studies.

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

  • 1996 She Bop nominated for Cosmopolitan Young Woman of the Year award
  • 1996 She Bop in the International Feminist Book Fair ‘Dirty Dozen’ award


Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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