Monash Researcher Publishes Book on Thai Music

James Mitchell Book CoverDr James Mitchell, an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, has just published a new book entitled Luk Thung: The Culture and Politics of Thailand’s Most Popular Music.

Luk thung is a form of hybrid popular music that embodies the aspirations, frustrations, and sorrows of Thailand’s working class. In this pioneering book, James Mitchell traces the history of luk thung, lays out its musical influences and characteristics, and gives an inside view into the world of luk thung through ethnographic research with singers, songwriters, fans, and other professionals in the entertainment industry.