Course Coordinator & Senior Lecturer: Music, Theatre & Entertainment Management

Simon has been making, selling, collecting, managing and writing about music for 30 years. During this time he has recorded radio sessions for Radio One and Six Music, toured Europe and America, released over 20 albums, written for magazines, produced music videos, worked as a freelance in A&R and set up an independent record label. A vinyl enthusiast, Simon has spoken at conferences in Canada, America and Europe about the nostalgic draw and material culture of record collecting in an increasingly digital age.Having studied cultural and critical theory at Falmouth and undertaken his PhD in record collecting at Brunel University, Simon's research is currently focused on the relationship between the underground and the mainstream, and the importance of fan cultures and practices to the successful production and management of popular musics. Research projects include the study of crowd safety and behaviour at European festivals, the results of which were delivered to festival organisers and security companies at Roskilde festival, Denmark in 2010.Simon joins Falmouth from Buckinghamshire New University where he has been a senior lecturer and course leader of the Music Management BA and MA programmes since 2007. During this time he has been involved with the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, serving for four years on the executive committee. Upcoming publications include a book on audio cultures and a chapter on the origins of heavy metal.

Contact details

Telephone 01326 259260



Year Qualification Awarding body
2014 PhD Brunel University
2002 MA Falmouth College of Arts
2002 PGCE Plymouth University
2000 BA (Hons) Falmouth College of Arts

Honors and awards

Year Description

Inspirational Lecturer Award - Buckinghamshire New University


Inspirational Lecturer Award - Buckinghamshire New University


Inspirational Lecturer Award - Buckinghamshire New University

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Current research interests include nostalgia and popular music histories, fan and subcultural engagement with extreme musics, record collecting cultures and practices

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Poole, Simon

    (2018), I'm No Genre Nazi but these guys are the least black metal doom band ever, In: Crosstown Traffic, September 2018, Huddersfield University, (Unpublished)
  • Poole, Simon

    (2014), Very Good Plus, Unniversity of Sussex
  • Poole, Simon

    (2014), The Vinyl Frontier, University of Northampton
  • Poole, Simon

    (2016), Retro Rock & Heavy History, In: Global Metal Music and Culture: Current Directions in Metal Studies, Routledge, London, pp. 297-310, ISBN: 9781315742816
  • Waite, Simon

    (2023), Audiovisual Music Production: Influence of the Natural World on Process and Works, In: N/A, N/A, Penryn, Cornwall


Areas of teaching

  • audio cultures
  • critical and cultural appreciation
  • dark cultures
  • genre theory
  • marketing and branding
  • music video
  • subcultures & audiences

Courses taught

  • BA(Hons) Music, Theatre & Entertainment Management, BA(Hons) Music, BA(Hons) Popular Music, BA(Hons) Creative Music Technology