Dr Nedim Hassan is a senior lecturer in media and cultural studies at Liverpool John Moores University. His previous research has focused upon the roles of music in everyday life. He has conducted extensive ethnographic research that has examined the roles and significance of music in the everyday lives of groups of adults with learning disabilities. Published work in this area includes journal articles and book chapters that focus upon everyday domestic musical performing as a resource for social interaction, the articulation of self-identity and communication of memories. He is currently engaged in an ethnographic project that examines rock music scenes on Merseyside.