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The Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage

1st Edition

Edited by Sarah Baker, Catherine Strong, Lauren Istvandity, Zelmarie Cantillon


416 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and boxes

Notes on contributors


1 Framing the field of popular music history and heritage studies

Zelmarie Cantillon, Catherine Strong, Lauren Istvandity and Sarah Baker


History and historiography

2 Problematising popular music history in the context of heritage and memory

Bruce Johnson

3 Gendered narratives of popular music history and heritage

Rosa Reitsamer

4 Racialising music’s past and the media archive

Nabeel Zuberi

5 Sounding out popular music history: a musicological approach

Richard Elliott

6 Reconstructing the past: popular music and historiography

Steve Waksman

7 Cultural consecration and the creation of canons

Vaughn Schmutz

8 What we did was secret: (one version of)the writing of popular music’s histories

Jon Dale

9 Music magazines and the first draft of history

Dave Laing and Catherine Strong

10 Screening popular music’s past: music documentary and biopics

Tim Wall and Nicolas Pillai

11 Historiography and the role of the archive

Antti-Ville Kärjä



12 What is popular music cultural heritage?

Paul Long

13 The politics of popular music heritage

Henry Johnson

14 Local and global intersections of popular music history and heritage

Robert Knifton

15 Popular music heritage and tourism

Brett D. Lashua

16 DIY preservationism and recorded music – saving lost sounds

Andy Bennett

17 ‘Knowledge of Beatles songs and McCartney parts essential’: tribute acts, the music industries and the value of heritage

Shane Homan

18 Burning punk and bulldozing clubs: the role of destruction and loss in popular music heritage

Catherine Strong



19 Popular music and the memory spectrum

Michael Pickering

20 Popular music and autobiographical memory: intimate connections over the life course

Lauren Istvandity

21 Popular music in mediated and collective memory

Ben Green

22 ‘Do you remember rock ‘n’ roll radio?’ How audiences talk about music-related personal memories, preferences, and localities

Amanda Brandellero, Marc Verboord and Susanne Janssen

23 Popular music and commemorative ritual: a material approach

Irene Stengs

24 Songs that resonate: the uses of popular music nostalgia

Arno van der Hoeven

25 Citizen archiving and virtual sites of musical memory in online communities

Jez Collins



26 Representing popular music histories and heritage in museums

Marion Leonard

27 Sound archives, ethnography and sonic heritage

Noel Lobley

28 Popular music halls of fame as institutions of cultural heritage

Raphaël Nowak and Sarah Baker

29 DIY institutions and amateur heritage making

D-M Withers

30 Reissue programmes: framing the past as project

Elodie A. Roy


Case studies

31 Rethinking Indigenous popular music heritage as Australian heritage

Åse Ottosson

32 ‘Koile, ‘Te Hua’ and the Reggae-fication of cultural heritage

Dan Bendrups, Pip Laufiso and Hiliako Iaheto

33 Bollywood: its histories in India, and beyond

Jayson Beaster-Jones

34 Preserving popular music heritage in Hungary

Emília Barna

35 The history and heritage of popular Afrikaans music

Schalk van der Merwe

36 Sound archives in West Africa

Graeme Counsel

37 Palestinian popular music: how popular music becomes heritage

Moslih Kanaaneh

38 Phillips’ Sound Recording Services: the studio that tourism forgot

Mike Brocken


About the Editors

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.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies