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Contemporary Music Tourism
A Theory of Musical Topophilia

ISBN 9781032176017
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
148 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the growing phenomenon of music tourism – instances of people visiting places because of a connection with music. Asking how an abstract art form such as music can lead to tourism and how the popularity of music tourism in contemporary culture might be explained, it presents a comparative study of musical tourism in various locations across Europe, in relation to a range of musical genres. Through the concept of ‘musical topophilia’, the author offers a timely and insightful analysis of the affective attachment to place and music, showing how and why music literally moves people. This account enables us to grasp the complex ways in which music, place, and tourism are connected in practice. Based on empirical case studies, Contemporary Music Tourism lays the foundation for a theoretical grounding of music tourism as a research field and, as such, will appeal to scholars of geography, music, sociology, tourism, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

1.  Music, Place and Tourism

2. Musical Topophilia

3. Sharing Songs On Hirakata Square. On Music Listening And Imagining Place

4. Have You Found What You’re Looking For? Analyzing Tourist Experience and Identity

5. There Is Just Such A Mental Buzz! Music Workshops, Place and Belonging

6. The Value of Music Tourism



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Leonieke Bolderman is Assistant Professor Cultural Geography and Tourism Geography and Planning at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her research concerns the role and meaning of music heritage and tourism in urban and regional development, on which she has published in various journals and edited volumes.