Introduction to the special issue

Lost musical histories—Curating and documenting local popular music-making in the UK

  • Paul Carr University of South Wales
Keywords: lost history, local, global, popular music, exhibitions, community

Abstract

Drawing on different contexts, scenes and histories across the UK, all of the articles in this specialissue suggest that although local popular music histories resonate both positively and negativelywith mainstream narratives, they also have a specificity that is unique to the region. Thiscollection represents an historical snapshot of these expressions and feelings in the UK, highlightingnot just music's importance as a symbolic anchor of locality, but also how the voices ofmusicians, audiences, critics, venues, curators and other music industry stakeholders can forma collective identity, in a series of competing narratives, that are often hidden from mainstreamhistory. The collection displays how these narratives can facilitate community members to considerwho they were, are and want to be, often reflecting on at least two of these parameterssimultaneously. All of the articles focus on the 'lost' history of local music participation, rangingfrom issues surrounding curated history (via exhibitions and re-enactments); influences ofthe built environment on popular music activity; impacts of popular music's past on the community,to the ways in which changing relationships with local music venues reflect both localconcerns and wider trends in popular culture.

Author Biography

Paul Carr, University of South Wales

Paul Carr is Professor in Popular Music Analysisat the University of South Wales. His researchinterests focus on the areas of musicology, themusic industry and pedagogical frameworksfor music related education. Examples of recentpublications include an edited collection onFrank Zappa (2014), two chapters in the OxfordHandbook of Music and Virtuality (2016) and amonograph on Sting (2017). Alongside AllanMoore, he is currently in the closing stages ofcompleting The Bloomsbury Handbook of RockMusic Research (2020).   

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Published
2020-01-24
How to Cite
Carr, P. (2020). Introduction to the special issue. Popular Music History, 12(1), 5-14. https://doi.org/10.1558/pomh.39562