Author Archives: Kate Lewis

Sister Rosetta Tharpe (finally) inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame – October 2018

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International Guitar Research Centre’s Jazz Guitar Research Day – October 2018

A great one-day research seminar at the University of Surrey’s International Guitar Research Centre in October. Was happy to be asked to present a paper on the playing style of Mary Osborne, perhaps the only female to gain commercial success … Continue reading

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Altamira International Guitar Symposium, Hong Kong (July 2018)

Had an amazing week in Hong Kong at the Altamira International Guitar Symposium in in July, where I presented a research paper on my framework for popular guitar analysis.  . The research symposium was a wonderful event, bringing together guitarists … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Memphis Minnie….

June 3rd 1897 – August 6, 1973 One of my favourite MM solo’s is from ‘Looking the World Over’ (1941)…… listen @ 1:45

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New Article in PopScriptum 12

I have had a new article published in the online journal PopScriptum. The latest Volume is entitled “Sound, Sex and Sexisim” https://www2.hu-berlin.de/fpm/popscrip/themen/pst12/index.htm   “In the penultimate article, Kate Lewis deals with the gendered connotations of guitar in popular music. In … Continue reading

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Conference: “Instrument of Change: The International Rise of the Guitar (c. 1870-1945)” Melbourne – Dec 2016

Was invited to present some of my PhD research on the playing styles of pioneering female lead guitar players at a conference in Melbourne last month, entitled “Instrument of Change: The International Rise of the Guitar (c. 1870-1945)”. The conference, … Continue reading

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International Guitar Research Centre Conference 2016 – Reflections

#IGRCSurrey 2016 If you have managed to read through the last few blog posts, you will by now know that there has been an incredible amount of world-class research presented at the International Guitar Research Centre Conference 2016 at University … Continue reading

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