Contributor: Will Straw

Will Straw is James McGill Professor of Urban Media Studies in the Department of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University in Montreal . He is the author of Cyanide and Sin : Visualizing Crime in 50s America (2006) and co-editor of several volumes of writing on cities, night, popular culture and music. He runs a blog The Urban Night, tracking developments in night culture around the world.

Of Night and Noise: Music’s New Politics

Night is a time, not a space, but in cities around the world it is more and more viewed as a territory, with its own inhabitants, customs and forms of belonging. As new residents are attracted to the vibrancy of city life, noise complaints are on the increase - and so are the regulations. Will Straw, professor of urban cultures at McGill University, explores nighttime cultures in cities around the world.