The social construction of a music Mecca

‘Goin’ home’, New Orleans and international New Orleans jazz revivalism


  • Richard Ekins University of Ulster Author



connoisseur tourism, identity, Ken Colyer, music Mecca, New Orleans, revivalism, serious leisure, traditional jazz


This article examines the interrelations between song, music genre and social context with reference to the interrelations between music, place and identity, in the case of the social representation of the city of New Orleans as a music Mecca. It argues that the metaphor and mythology expressed in the lyrics of Ken Colyer’s ‘Goin’ Home’ (1953) have been pivotal in the social construction of a jazz genre rooted in place and identity and sets forth a ‘trajectory’ approach that places the song in the context of its composition, recording, and aftermath, with particular reference to relevant popular music studies literature and the ‘serious leisure’ perspective within the sociology of tourism.

Author Biography

  • Richard Ekins, University of Ulster

    Richard Ekins is Professor of Media Studies and Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies, University of Ulster, UK. He is a record producer for 504/La Croix Records.


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How to Cite

Ekins, R. (2014). The social construction of a music Mecca: ‘Goin’ home’, New Orleans and international New Orleans jazz revivalism. Popular Music History, 8(1), 29-45.