Publications: Sites of Popular Music Heritage

Memories, Histories, Places
Edited by Sara Cohen, Robert Knifton, Marion Leonard, Les Roberts*

This volume examines the location of memories and histories of popular music and its multiple pasts, exploring the different ‘places’ in which popular music can be situated, including the local physical site, the museum storeroom and exhibition space, and the digitized archive and display space made possible by the internet. Contributors from a broad range of disciplines such as archive studies, popular music studies, media and cultural studies, leisure and tourism, sociology, museum studies, communication studies, cultural geography, and social anthropology visit the specialized locus of popular music histories and heritage, offering a diverse set of approaches. Popular music studies has increasingly engaged with popular music histories, exploring memory processes and considering identity, collective and cultural memory, and notions of popular culture’s heritage values, yet few accounts have spatially located such trends to focus on the spaces and places where we encounter and engender our relationship with popular music’s history and legacies. This book offers a timely re-evaluation of such sites, reinserting them into the narratives of popular music and offering new perspectives on their function and significance within the production of popular music heritage.


1. Introduction: Locating Popular Music Heritage
Sara Cohen, Robert Knifton, Marion Leonard, and Les Roberts
Part I: Problematizing Popular Music Heritage
2. Popular Music and the ‘Problem’ of Heritage/
Andy Bennett
3. The Heritage Obsession: The History of Rock and Challenges of ‘Museum Mummification’. A French Perspective
Philippe Le Guern
Part II: Mapping, Music, and Memory
4. Mapping the Politics of ‘Race’, Place and Memory in Liverpool’s Popular Music Heritage
Brett Lashua
5. “Still here?”: A Geospatial Survey of Welsh-language Popular Music/Craig Owen Jones
Part III: Archives and Virtual Sites of Memory
6.’Fillin’ in Any Blanks I Can’: Online Archival Practice and Virtual Sites of Musical Memory
Jez Collins and Paul Long
7. Locating the “Bristol Sound”: Archiving Music as Everyday Life
Michelle Henning and Rehan Hyder
8.Saving ‘Rubbish’: Preserving Popular Music’s Material Culture in Amateur Archives and Museums
Alison Huber and Sarah Baker
9. Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Women’s Liberation Music Archive
Deborah Withers
Part IV: Nostalgia and Heritage Practices
10. “You Had To Be There”: Memories of the Glasgow Apollo Audience
Kenneth Forbes
11. Engaging Nostalgia: Popular Music and Memory in Museums
/Marion Leonard and Rob Knifton
12. The Remembering: Heritage-Work at US Progressive-Rock Festivals, 1983 to 2012
Tim Dowd
Part V: Pilgrimage and Sacred Sites
13. Pilgrimage, Place, and Preservation: The Real and Imagined Geography of the Grateful Dead in Song, on Tour, and in Cyberspace
John V. Ward
14. Putting the Psycho in Psycho-geography: Tom Vague’s Musical Mapping of Notting Hill
Alex Lawrey
15. Unveiling Memory: Blue Plaques as (In)tangible Markers of Popular Music Heritage
Les Robertsand and Sara Cohen
16. Why I Didn’t ‘Go Down to the Delta’: The Cultural Politics of Blues Tourism
Mark Duffett
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