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Book Launch: Popular Music Scenes and Cultural Memory’
Mon. 12 December 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm AEDT
About the book
This volume, published by Palgrave, explores the ways in which music scenes are not merely physical spaces for the practice of collective musical life but are also inscribed with and enacted through the articulation of cultural memory and emotional geography.
The book draws on empirical data collected in cities throughout Australia. In terms of understanding the relationship between music scenes and participants, much of the existing popular music literature tends to avoid one key aspect of the scene: its predominant past-tense and memory-based nature.
Nascent music scenes may be emergent and on going but their articulation in the present is often based on past events, ideas, and histories. There is a noticeable gap between the literature concerning popular music ethnography and the growing body of work on cultural memory and emotional geography. This book is a study of the conceptual formation and use of music scenes by participants. It is also an investigation of the structures underpinning music scenes more generally.
About the authors
Dr. Ian Rogers is a Music Industry-academic at RMIT University and Core Member of the Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture, CPC. Ian’s research and publications concern cultural studies and sociological approaches to popular music and music industry.
Andy Bennett is Professor of Cultural Sociology and Director of the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. Andy is author and editor of numerous books including, Music, Style and Aging, Culture and Everyday Life, Popular Music and Youth Culture, After Subculture andMusic Scenes (with Richard A. Peterson).