Professor Gregory David Booth

BMusEd (cum laude) (Temple) , MMus , PhD Music (Kent State)

Research | Current

  • Music and the media in South Asia
  • Popular music in South Asia
  • Music industry and intellectual property in South Asia
  • Musicology and musical semiotics of the Mumbai cinema 

Greg is a expert on the music cultures of India, where he regularly conducts ethnographic and historical research. He has a background in classical Indian music and has also undertaken lengthy ethnographic research into the world of Indian brass bands (Brass Baja: Stories from the World of Indian Wedding Bands, Oxford, 2005). He is an Associate Director of the New Zealand India Research Institute.

Greg is a leading scholar on the music and musicians of the Mumbai commercial cinema (Bollywood); a topic on which he speaks and publishes widely. His current research focuses on the Indian music and film industries, the role of technology and developments in Indian copyright law and practice. He presents academic papers in India, Japan, Europe, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia as an invited lecturer and at professional conferences. He acts as a referee for the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Journal of Asian Studies, and regularly examines graduate research on Indian music.

Areas of expertise

India, Hindi cinema, world music, music, technology, economy, copyright

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Booth, G. D. (2017). 1942 - A love story: R.D. Burman's posthumous "Comeback" at the end of old Bollywood. In J. Beaster-Jones, N. Sarrazin (Eds.) Music in contemporary Indian film: memory, voice, identity (pp. 21-34). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Booth, G. D. (2017). A long tail in the Digital Age: Music commerce and the mobile platform in India. Asian Music, 48 (1), 85-113. 10.1353/amu.2017.0004
  • Booth, G. D. (2016). A special flavour: Comic song scenes in the Hindi cinema. In P. Hayward, M. Evans (Eds.) Sounding funny: Sound and comedy cinema (pp. 205-223). Sheffield, UK: Equinox.
  • Booth, G. (2015). Copyright law and the changing economic value of popular music in India. Ethnomusicology, 59 (2), 262-287.
  • Booth, G. (2014). The beat comes to India: The incorporation of rock music into the Indian soundscape. In G. Booth, B. Shope (Eds.) More than Bollywood: Studies in Indian popular music (pp. 216-237). New York: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928835.003.0012
  • Booth, G. D. (2013). R.D. Burman and Rhythm: "Making the Youth of This Nation to Dance". BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies, 3 (2), 147-164. 10.1177/097492761200300204
  • Booth, G. (2013). Gender, Nationalism, and Sound: Outgrowing "Mother India". In S. Trnka, C. Dureau, J. Park (Eds.) Senses and Citizenships: Embodying Political Life. London; New York: Routledge.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julie Park
  • Booth, G. D. (2011). Preliminary thoughts on Hindi popular music and film production: India's 'culture industry(ies)', 1970-2000. South Asian Popular Culture, 9 (2), 215-221. 10.1080/14746689.2011.569075


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COMMERCE A - Bldg 114
Level 1, Room 105
New Zealand

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