1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage

    432 Pages
    by Routledge

    432 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage examines the social, cultural, political and economic value of popular music as history and heritage. Taking a cross-disciplinary approach, the volume explores the relationship between popular music and the past, and how interpretations of the changing nature of the past in post-industrial societies play out in the field of popular music.

    In-depth chapters cover key themes around historiography, heritage, memory and institutions, alongside case studies from around the world, including the UK, Australia, South Africa and India, exploring popular music’s connection to culture both past and present.

    Wide-ranging in scope, the book is an excellent introduction for students and scholars working in musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies, critical heritage studies, cultural studies, memory studies and other related fields.


    Sarah Baker is Professor of Cultural Sociology at Griffith University, Australia. Her books include Community Custodians of Popular Music’s Past: A DIY Approach to Heritage (2017) and Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do-it-yourself, Do-it-together (2015).

    Catherine Strong is a Senior Lecturer in the Music Industry program at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. Among her publications are Grunge: Popular Music and Memory (2011), and Death and the Rock Star (2015, edited with Barbara Lebrun). Her research deals with various aspects of memory, nostalgia and gender in rock music, popular culture and the media. She is currently Chair of IASPM-ANZ and co-editor of Popular Music History journal.

    Lauren Istvandity is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University. She has expertise in the fields of music heritage and memory studies, and is currently writing a monograph titled The Lifetime Soundtrack: Music and Autobiographical Memory.

    Zelmarie Cantillon is an Adjunct Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia. She has contributed book chapters to edited collections including Youth Cultures and Subcultures: Australian Perspectives (2015) and New and Emerging Challenges to Heritage and Well-being (forthcoming), and published articles in Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (2015) and Australian Feminist Studies (2017). Her current research focuses on spatiality, tourism and heritage.

    This book thus fulfills the objective it has set for itself to make comprehensible and accessible the "fundamental and progressive" ideas which run through the studies currently flourishing in the four corners of the world concerning the history and the heritage of popular music...and the balance between theoretical and empirical contributions contributes to the relevance of the whole.

    Christophe Levaux for Volume!

    translated from the French.