1st Edition

Music and Heritage New Perspectives on Place-making and Sonic Identity

Edited By Liam Maloney, John Schofield Copyright 2021
    260 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Music and Heritage provides new thinking about the diverse ways people engage with heritage. By exploring the relationships that exist between music, place and identity, the book illustrates how people form attachments to place and how such attachments are represented by sound and music-making.

    Presenting case studies and perspectives from across a range of genres, the volume argues that combining music with heritage provides an alternative and productive opportunity to think about heritage values and place attachment. Contributions to this edited collection use a diversity of methods, perspectives, cues and genres to reflect critically on issues related to these and other interconnections in ways that encourage new thinking about the character, meaning and purpose of cultural heritage, and the various ways in which people can interact with it through sound – thus re-encountering the supposedly familiar world around them.

    Taking heritage studies, musicology and place-making research in new directions, Music and Heritage will be of interest to academics and students engaged in the study of heritage, history, music, geography and anthropology. It will also be relevant to those with an interest in how music relates to place-making and place attachment, as well as to practitioners and policymakers working in the planning, design and creative sectors.

    1. Sonic identity and the making of heritage: ‘This must be the place’

    Liam Maloney and John Schofield

    I. Parklife: (New) town and (old) country

    2. The soundscape and cosmology of the Norwegian band Wardruna: Guardians of runes and makers of memories Debora Moretti and Einar Selvik 

    3. Pastoral longing in popular music: From Skye to Tennessee
    Richard Worth

    4. Composing archaeology: The problems of recreating heritage in music
    Sadie Harrison

    5. Space and place in English morris dance
    David Petts

    6. Heritage culture and artistic reciprocity: Remediating the mythical
    Steven Hadley, Fay Hield and Carolyne Larrington

    II. On and on: Cities/industry/infrastructure

    7. Decentring Liverpool’s popular music heritage: Routes Jukebox
    Brett Lashua and Yaw Owusu 

    8. Music and community in 1980s Malta: The unconventional heritage of Fort Tigné

    Joshua de Giorgio

    9. The city as archive: How industry and electronic music forged Sheffield's sonic identity

    Ron Wright and John Schofield

    10. Music heritage, cultural justice and the Steel City: Archiving and curating popular music history in Wollongong, Australia
    Zelmarie Cantillon, Sarah Baker and Raphael Nowak

    11. House music, Chicago and the uncomfortable heritage of racial segregation
    Liam Maloney

    12. Intersections of genre, heritage, and place in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal

    Lewis Kennedy

    III. Interzone: Comparative Notes on a Northern Town

    13. How a Northern Quarter music venue was crucial in the reinterpretation of 19th-century Broadside Ballads: Manchester’s Improving Daily
    David Jennings

    14. Community archaeology, identity and the excavation of Manchester’s Reno nightclub
    Mike Nevell and Linda Brogan

    15. Morrissey, memory and traces of lost time in Manchester: from the archive to the anti-archive

    Adam D. Gearey and Benjamin R. Gearey

    IV. No future: Remembrance

    16. Hardcore heritage: consecrating the northern anxiety of Terveet Kädet
    Janne Ikäheimo

    17. Historically Authentic Truths (the HAT trick): facts, fancies and footnotes
    William Brooks, Stefan Östersjö and Jez Wells

    18. Relating ruin experience with the creative process in Radcliffe Tower: Redirected Reflections
    Mark Dyer

    19. An experimental approach to heritage and music through a SOUNDmound at Sandby borg, Sweden: developments in method and practice
    Frances Gill, Bodil Petersson and Fadumo Weheliye

    20. Hearing the past in the present: an augmented reality approach to site reconstruction through architecturally informed new music

    Ambrose Field

    21. Station to station: Rock music memorial roots and routes in London
    Paul Graves-Brown and Hilary Orange 


    Liam Maloney is an Associate Lecturer in Music and Sound Recording in the Music Research Centre at the University of York (UK).

    John Schofield is Director of Studies in Cultural Heritage Management in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York (UK).

    'In this ground-breaking and thoughtful volume, Liam Maloney and John Schofield have brought together a series of excellent contributions that focus on the role of sound and sonic identity in a wide-ranging set of environments. Some of the case studies focus on rural, urban, and deindustrialized landscapes and others concentrate on particular soundscapes such as music making venues, and places of commemoration, memory, and archiving. Within the volume is a sort of mini monograph, an intensive multi-angled examination of the sonic environments of Manchester, UK. The work offers new and original insights into what heritage can do and be as the volume shifts effortlessly between tangible and intangible heritage. The book reorients the scope of heritage research in a manner that will be of great interest to scholars, students, and anyone interested in the many ways that sound is threaded through human experience.'

    ~Carolyn L. White, University of Nevada, USA

    'Music and Heritage is an exciting and timely contribution to understanding the significance of popular music as cultural heritage. This collection includes an impressive range of international perspectives, capturing the dynamic interactions between time, place, and music as makers of local and global identities. Accessibly written and engaging, Music and Heritage draws original parallels with archaeology and frames the concept of heritage as a living archive. For academic researchers, cultural workers, and music audiences, this book can expand intellectual horizons and inform creative ideas.'

    ~Dr Asya Draganova, Birmingham City University, UK 

    'At a time when the culture sector is under increasing threat, this collection offers fresh perspectives on music heritage and how music shapes and is shaped by place. Particularly welcome is its examination of heritage through a focus on sound and sound-making, and through cross-disciplinary approaches and perspectives. The contributors cover a wide range of topics, from English Morris dancing to Chicago House Music, and the chapters are engaging and accessible. Together, they illustrate the importance of sonic identity for characterising places, and enable music heritage to be discussed in relation to the iconic and everyday, the tangible and intangible. The book will be essential reading for students and researchers working across a range of disciplines, and interested in music, sound, place-making and cultural heritage.'

    ~Sara Cohen, University of Liverpool, UK