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.
- Women and music technology
- Active songwriter and musician, using the name 'Helen McCookerybook'.
at the Controls: sound engineering, production and gender ventriloquism in the
Danger, Anger, and
Noise: the Women Punks of the late 1970s and their Music. The Oxford Handbook of
Reddington, H, Mackay, G and Arnold, G. 2020. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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.
‘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
Reddington, H and Lee, G. 2017. London and New York: Routledge.
and Music Technology Practitioners in Music
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.
2018 Keynote, KISMIF conference,
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
Examiner, BA Journalism, University of the Arts, London
2016 Development and validation of the MA in Creative
the London College of Creative Media (Open University
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
Art of Record Production conference abstracts,
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.
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: 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 Technology and Production
Performing Arts Society
Mechanical Copyright Society