This volume examines the location of memories and histories of popular music and its multiple pasts, exploring the different ‘places’ in which popular music can be situated, including the local physical site, the museum storeroom and exhibition space, and the digitized archive and display space made possible by the internet. Contributors from a broad range of disciplines such as archive studies, popular music studies, media and cultural studies, leisure and tourism, sociology, museum studies, communication studies, cultural geography, and social anthropology visit the specialized locus of popular music histories and heritage, offering diverse set of approaches. Popular music studies has increasingly engaged with popular music histories, exploring memory processes and considering identity, collective and cultural memory, and notions of popular culture’s heritage values, yet few accounts have spatially located such trends to focus on the spaces and places where we encounter and engender our relationship with popular music’s history and legacies. This book offers a timely re-evaluation of such sites, reinserting them into the narratives of popular music and offering new perspectives on their function and significance within the production of popular music heritage. Bringing together recent research based on extensive fieldwork from scholars of popular music studies, cultural sociology, and museum studies, alongside the new insights of practice-based considerations of current practitioners within the field of popular music heritage, this is the first collection to address the interdisciplinary interest in situating popular music histories, heritages, and pasts. The book will therefore appeal to a wide and growing academic readership focused on issues of heritage, cultural memory, and popular music, and provide a timely intervention in a field of study that is engaging scholars from across a broad spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds and theoretical perspectives.

chapter 1|11 pages


Locating Popular Music Heritage
BySara Cohen, Les Roberts, Robert Knifton, Marion Leonard

part 1|29 pages

Problematizing Popular Music Heritage

chapter 2|13 pages

Popular Music and the ‘Problem' of Heritage1

ByAndy Bennett

chapter 3|14 pages

The Heritage Obsession

The History of Rock and Challenges of ‘Museum Mummification'. A French Perspective
ByPhilippe Le Guern

part 2|35 pages

Mapping, Music and Memory

chapter 5|16 pages

‘Still Here?'

A Geospatial Survey of Welsh-Language Popular Music
ByCraig Owen Jones

part 3|61 pages

Archives and Virtual Sites of Memory

chapter 6|16 pages

‘Fillin' in Any Blanks I Can'

Online Archival Practice and Virtual Sites of Musical Memory
ByJez Collins, Paul Long

chapter 7|15 pages

Locating the ‘Bristol Sound'

Archiving Music as Everyday Life
ByMichelle Henning, Rehan Hyder

chapter 8|13 pages

Saving ‘Rubbish'

Preserving Popular Music's Material Culture in Amateur Archives and Museums
BySarah Baker, Alison Huber

part 4|50 pages

Nostalgia and Heritage Practices

chapter 10|17 pages

‘You Had to Be There'

Memories of the Glasgow Apollo Audience
ByKenny Forbes

chapter 11|14 pages

Engaging Nostalgia

Popular Music and Memory in Museums
ByMarion Leonard, Robert Knifton

chapter 12|17 pages

The Remembering

Heritage-Work at US Progressive-Rock Festivals, 1993 to 2012
ByTimothy J. Dowd

part 5|65 pages

Pilgrimage and Sacred Sites

chapter 13|14 pages

Pilgrimage, Place, and Preservation

The Real and Imagined Geography of the Grateful Dead in Song, on Tour, and in Cyberspace
ByJohn V. Ward

chapter 14|14 pages

Putting the Psycho in Psychogeography

Tom Vague's Musical Mapping of Notting Hill
ByAlex Lawrey

chapter 15|18 pages

Unveiling Memory

Blue Plaques as In/tangible Markers of Popular Music Heritage
ByLes Roberts, Sara Cohen

chapter 16|17 pages

Why I Didn't Go Down to the Delta

The Cultural Politics of Blues Tourism
ByMark Duffett