Special issue on Popular Music and Heritage


  • Robert Knifton University of Leeds
  • Marion Leonard University of Liverpool



V&A Museum, heritage, popular music


Marion Leonard and Robert Knifton present the special issue of Popular Music History on Popular Music and Heritage.

Author Biographies

Robert Knifton, University of Leeds

Robert Knifton is University Academic Fellow in Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage at the University of Leeds. From 2012–2016 he worked at the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre at Kingston University, where in 2015 he co-curated the HLFfunded project ‘Histories in the Making’.

Marion Leonard, University of Liverpool

Marion Leonard is Senior Lecturer in Music and member of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool. From 2010–2011 she was Principal Investigator on an AHRC Beyond Text funded project investigating the collection and representation of popular music in museums, conducted in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and the V&A.


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Bennett, Andy, and Ian Rogers. 2016. Popular Music Scenes and Cultural Memory. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cohen, Sara, Robert Knifton, Marion Leonard and Les Roberts, eds. 2015. Sites of Popular Music Heritage: Memories, Histories, Places. New York: Routledge.

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—2010. ‘Exhibiting Popular Music: Museum Audiences, Inclusion and Social History’. Journal of New Music Research 39/2: 171–81.

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Reitsamer, Rosa. 2014. ‘“Born in the Republic of Austria”: The Invention of Rock Heritage in Austria’. International Journal of Heritage Studies 20/3: 331–42.

Roberts, Les. 2014. ‘Talkin bout my generation: Popular Music and the Culture of Heritage’. International Journal of Heritage Studies 20/3: 262–80.

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van der Hoeven, Arno, and Amanda Brandellero. 2015. ‘Places of Popular Music Heritage: The Local Framing of a Global Cultural Form in Dutch Museums and Archives’. Poetics 51: 37–53.

van Dijck, José. 2006. ‘Record and Hold: Popular Music between Personal and Collective Memory’. Critical Studies in Media Communication 23/5: 357–74.




How to Cite

Knifton, R., & Leonard, M. (2017). Introduction: Special issue on Popular Music and Heritage. Popular Music History, 10(2), 107–112.