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Preserving Popular Music Heritage

Do-it-Yourself, Do-it-Together, 1st Edition

Edited by Sarah Baker


268 pages

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There is a growing awareness around the world of the pressing need to archive the material remnants of popular music so as to safeguard the national and local histories of this cultural form. Current research suggests that in the past 20 or so years there has been an expansion of DIY heritage practice, with the founding of numerous DIY popular music institutions, archives and museums around the world.

This edited collection seeks to explore the role of DIY or Pro-Am (Professional-Amateur) practitioners of popular music archiving and preservation. It looks critically at ideas around "DIY preservationism," "self-authorised" and "unauthorised" heritage practice and the "DIY institution," while also unpacking the potentialities of bottom-up, community-based interventions into the archiving and preservation of popular music’s material history. With an international scope and an interdisciplinary approach, this is an important reference for scholars of popular music, heritage studies and cultural studies.


"Besides its obvious interest for musicology and library science students, the book contains a great number of useful tips and important considerations that will guide the task of music preservation aficionados everywhere, and includes key concepts such as reliability of digital storage formats, standards and strategies." - Neil Manel Frau-Cortes, Sonograma Magazine

Table of Contents

1. Identifying Do-it-Yourself Places of Popular Music Preservation Sarah Baker Part I: Unpacking DIY Popular Music Heritage Practice 2. The Shaping of Heritage: Collaborations between Independent Popular Music Heritage Practitioners and the Museum Sector Marion Leonard 3. Valuing Popular Music Heritage: Exploring Amateur and Fan-Based Preservation Practices in Museums and Archives in the Netherlands Amanda Brandellero, Arno van der Hoeven and Susanne Janssen 4. Affective Archiving and Collective Collecting in Do-it-Yourself Popular Music Archives and Museums Sarah Baker 5. "Really Saying Something?" What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Popular Music Heritage, Memory, Archives and the Digital? Paul Long 6. Doing-it-Together: Public History-Making and Activist Archiving in Online Popular Music Community Archives Jez Collins 7. Alternative Histories and Counter-Memories: Feminist Music Archives in Europe Rosa Reitsamer 8. "When Folk Meets Pop": DIY Archives in the Making of a Punk Rock DIY Community in Western France Gérôme Guibert and Emmanuel Parent 9. Creating a Comprehensive Archive of Maltese Music on CD Toni Sant 10. "They’re Not Pirates, They’re Archivists": The Role of Fans as Curators and Archivists of Popular Music Heritage Jez Collins and Oliver Carter 11. Coming Together: DIY Heritage and The Beatles Stephanie Fremaux 12. Trading Offstage Photos: Take That Fan Culture and the Collaborative Preservation of Popular Music Heritage Mark Duffett and Anja Löbert Part II: Case Studies 13. Pompey Pop: Documenting Portsmouth’s Popular Music Scenes Dave Allen 14. Ketebul Music: Retracing and Archiving Kenya’s Popular Music William "Tabu" Osusa and Billie Odidi 15.Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation: Ghana’s Highlife Music Institute and the Need for Popular Music Archiving John Collins 16. Proyecto Caracas Memorabilia: Reconstructing Pop Music History in Venezuela Coromoto Jaraba 17. The Australian Jazz Museum: All That Aussie Jazz—A Potted History of the Victorian Jazz Archive, 1996–2014 Ray Sutton 18. The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame: A DIY Museum and Archive in Australia’s "Country Music Capital" Barrie Brennan 19. Re:Muse-icology: Defining a National Landscape for the Study and Preservation of Rock’n’roll’s Built Heritage in America Sheryl Davis 20. Editions of You: A DIY Archive of DIY Practice Lisa Busby

About the Editor

Sarah Baker is an Associate Professor in Cultural Sociology at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Music

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering music performance, theory, and culture alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, film, religion, politics, and science, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / History & Criticism