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Dr Helen Reddington

Senior Lecturer in Music Performance,  Technology and Production

Since 2006 Helen Reddington has been a lecturer in songwriting, production, and professional music industry practice at the University of East London.

    Helen played bass in punk bands in Brighton in the 1970s, before forming the bands The Chefs and later, Helen and the Horns, both of whom recorded a number of sessions for Radio 1’s John Peel. After seven years touring and recording in the independent sector and a deal with RCA, she left the pop music industry and completed a PhD which became the book The Lost Women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era’ (Equinox, 2012).

    In 2016 this became the film documentary Stories from the She-Punks: music with a different agenda, produced and directed with Gina Birch of The Raincoats. She continues to collaborate on musical projects as a songwriter with other contemporary artists, and works on these projects alongside her academic career.


    Current Research

    - Women and music technology
    - Active songwriter and musician, using the name 'Helen McCookerybook'.


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    Monograph: She’s at the Controls: sound engineering, production and gender ventriloquism in the 21st Century


    Danger, Anger, and Noise: the Women Punks of the late 1970s and their Music. The Oxford Handbook of Punk

    Reddington, H, Mackay, G and Arnold, G. 2020. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Film documentary: Stories from the She-Punks: music with a different agenda (co-directed with Gina Birch)


    Space to Play: the sound of British female punk music and its engagement with reggae in the 1970s.

    2019. Popular Music History.

    Gender ‘Ventriloquism’ in Studio Production IASPM Gender issue

    Reddington, H, Raine, S and Strong, C. 2019.

    Détournement and Female Punk Bands of the 1970s in Rethinking Difference in Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Music: Theory and Politics of Ambiguity

    Reddington, H and Lee, G. 2017. London and New York: Routledge.

    Entrepreneurship and Music Technology Practitioners in Music Entrepreneurship

    Reddington, H, Dumbreck, A and McPherson, G . 2016. London: Bloomsbury/Methuen.

    The Political Pioneers of Punk (just don’t Mention the F-Word!) in The Aesthetics of our Anger: anarcho-punk, politics and musi.c

    Reddington, H, Dines, M and Worley, M . 2016. New York: Autonomedia.

    Monograph: The Lost Women of Rock Music: female musicians of the Punk Era, with additional interviews and with photographs,paperback 

    2012. Sheffield: Equinox.


    Practice Based Activities



    Conference Papers

    2018 Keynote, KISMIF conference, Porto, Portugal

    MU Working in Music conference, University of Lausanne

    2017 Punk in the Provinces presenter

    2016 Art of Record Production Conference, University of Aalborg

    MU Working in Music conference, Glasgow

    2015 30 Years of One Chord Wonders, Brighton

              KISMIF, Porto, Portugal

    2014  Keynote: Studying Music Conference, Edinburgh University


    External Examining, Course Development and Peer Reviewing

    2015-2017   External Examiner, BA Journalism, University of the Arts, London
    2016            Development and validation of the MA in Creative Entrepreneurship for
        the London College of Creative Media (Open University Validated)
    2009-2014   External Examiner, BA Commercial Music and MA Music Entrepreneurship,
         University of the West of Scotland

    2010-18       Peer reviewer: AHRC, Bloomsbury/Methuen, Oxford University Press, Ashgate Press,
        The Journal on the Art of Record Production (JARP),
         Art of Record Production conference abstracts,
         International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Journal.

    Membership of Organisations

    The Performing Rights Society, Phonographic Performance Ltd, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Art of Record Production, Musician’s Union, University and College Union, Punk Scholar’s Network.


    Helen McCookerybook 

    Touring and recording artist; collaborations with Gina Birch, Vic Goddard, Lester Square, Martin Stephenson, Robert Rotifer

    Research into punk, subcultures and music scenes; research into women and studio technology in pop; development of songwriting courses in unusual contexts.



    Level 5 BA Music Performance and Production: Craft 1: Integrate (songwriting)
    Level 5 BA Music Performance and Production: Mental Wealth Professional Engagement (songwriting)
    Level 6 BA Music Performance and Production and BA Music Technology and Production: Professional Practice in the Music Industry
    BA Music Performance and Production
    BA Music Technology and Production
    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    Performing Arts Society
    Mechanical Copyright Society
    Musician's Union