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.

chapter 1|16 pages

Identifying Do-it-Yourself Places of Popular Music Preservation

BySarah Baker

part I|148 pages

Unpacking DIY Popular Music Heritage Practice

chapter 2|12 pages

The Shaping of Heritage

Collaborations between Independent Popular Music Heritage Practitioners and the Museum Sector
ByMarion Leonard

chapter 3|15 pages

Valuing Popular Music Heritage

Exploring Amateur and Fan-Based Preservation Practices in Museums and Archives in the Netherlands
ByAmanda Brandellero, Arno van der Hoeven, Susanne Janssen

chapter 6|14 pages


Public History-Making and Activist Archiving in Online Popular Music Community Archives
ByJez Collins

chapter 7|13 pages

Alternative Histories and Counter-Memories

Feminist Music Archives in Europe
ByRosa Reitsamer

chapter 8|10 pages

“When Folk Meets Pop”

DIY Archives in the Making of a Punk Rock DIY Community in Western France
ByGérôme Guibert, Emmanuel Parent

chapter 9|12 pages

Creating a Comprehensive Archive of Maltese Music on CD

ByToni Sant

chapter 10|13 pages

“They're Not Pirates, They're Archivists”

The Role of Fans as Curators and Archivists of Popular Music Heritage
ByJez Collins, Oliver Carter

chapter 11|12 pages

Coming Together

DIY Heritage and The Beatles
ByStephanie Fremaux

chapter 12|14 pages

Trading Offstage Photos

Take That Fan Culture and the Collaborative Preservation of Popular Music Heritage
ByMark Duffett, Anja Löbert

part II|76 pages

Case Studies

chapter 13|8 pages

Pompey Pop

Documenting Portsmouth's Popular Music Scenes
ByDave Allen

chapter 14|10 pages

Ketebul Music

Retracing and Archiving Kenya's Popular Music
ByWilliam “Tabu” Osusa, Bill Odidi

chapter 15|8 pages

Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation

Ghana's Highlife Music Institute and the Need for Popular Music Archiving
ByJohn Collins

chapter 16|3 pages

Proyecto Caracas Memorabilia

Reconstructing Pop Music History in Venezuela
ByCoromoto Jaraba

chapter 17|11 pages

The Australian Jazz Museum – All That Aussie Jazz

A Potted History of the Victorian Jazz Archive, 1996–2014
ByRay Sutton

chapter 18|9 pages

The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame

A DIY Museum and Archive in Australia's Country Music Capital
ByBarrie Brennan

chapter 19|11 pages


Defining a National Landscape for the Study and Preservation of Rock ‘n' roll’s Built Heritage in America
BySheryl Davis

chapter 20|14 pages

Editions of You

A DIY Archive of DIY Practice
ByLisa Busby