Strong, Catherine

RMIT University

Dr Catherine Strong is an Associate Professor in Popular Music at RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication. Her work focuses on forms on inequality in music, particularly gender, and popular music as a form of collective memory and heritage. Recent publications include Naarm/Melbourne Music City Naarm/Melbourne (Routledge 2020) and the edited collection Towards Gender Equality in the Music Industry (Bloomsbury 2019). She is the co-editor of Popular Music History journal.


  • Articles
    Introduction Music scholarship across genres is often concerned with music's metaphysical and ephemeral effects on individuals, communities, and society. These scholarly framings constitute a concept that we refer to here as “the magic of music”.  Using this framing, this article addresses the ways that the magic is undermined by a range of worldly, non-magical realities, using the...Read more