Richard Elliott is a cultural musicologist working primarily in the discipline of popular music studies. He graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA in Comparative American Studies and completed his MA with the Open University, having turned his attention to the study of popular music. He moved to Newcastle where he completed a PhD investigating aspects of loss in popular music at Newcastle University's International Centre for Music Studies.
He has taught courses on popular music, cultural and critical theory, urban musicology, music, memory and technology, and the politics of authenticity in pop. Richard has also worked as a teacher of English for Academic Purposes. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). He has published articles on Portuguese fado, Latin American nueva canción, music and consciousness and the poetics of place. He is the author of the books Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City (Ashgate, 2010), Nina Simone (Equinox, 2013) and The Late Voice (Bloomsbury, 2015).