Introduction to the special issue

20 years of the Institute of Popular Music


  • Dave Laing Independent Scholar; University of Liverpool Author



Institute of Popular Music, Liverpool


In 1988, the Institute of Popular Music (IPM) at the University of Liverpool was opened. It was the first specialist centre for popular music studies in Britain and one of the first in the world. This issue of Popular Music History is both a celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the IPM’s foundation and an exploration of its own history and research achievements.

Author Biography

  • Dave Laing, Independent Scholar; University of Liverpool

    Dave Laing is a writer, researcher and editor. His books include The Sound of Our Time (1970) and One Chord Wonders (1985). He is working on a study of Elton John for the series Icons of Pop Music, of which he is co-editor. He is currently Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool.


Cohen, S. 1991. Rock Culture in Liverpool: Popular Music in the Making. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Laing, D. 2006. ‘Introduction to the Special Issue’. Popular Music History 1.3: 237–40. doi:10.1558/pomh.2006.1.3.237

Leonard, M. 2007. ‘Constructing histories through material culture: popular music, museums and collecting’. Popular Music History 2.2: 147–67. doi:10.1558/pomh.v2i2.147

Shelton, R. 1987. No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan. London. Penguin.

Strachan, R. 2004. ‘Editor’s Introduction’. Popular Music History 1.1: 5–8. doi:10.1558/pomh.






How to Cite

Laing, D. (2008). Introduction to the special issue: 20 years of the Institute of Popular Music. Popular Music History, 3(1), 5-7.