Popular Music, Community Archives and Public History Online: Cultural Justice and the DIY Approach to Heritage

Paul Long, Sarah Baker, Zelmarie Cantillon, Jez Collins, Raphael Nowak

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This chapter explores the expanding range of community archiving activity
concerned with the preservation of cultures, experiences and memories
associated with popular music. Engendered by forms as disparate as jazz,
rock, soul or country music, such is the variety of this field that a similarly
expanding scholarly literature has emerged as a means of mapping and
understanding its meanings and significance. While much of this activity
takes a familiar physical form (Baker, 2017), here we explore the ways in
which the digital enables the extension of such activity. In further
democratising the nature of historical work and the archive, online practice
is also suggestive of how popular pleasures are subject to a form of cultural
justice, a concept which frames this chapter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Archives, Community Spaces
Subtitle of host publicationHeritage, memory and identity
EditorsJeanette Bastian, Andrew Flinn
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherFacet Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781783303526
ISBN (Print)9781783303519 , 9781783303502
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Archives
  • Popular Music
  • Heritage Studies
  • Memory sites
  • Identity

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