Popular Music History, Vol 12, No 1 (2019)

Introduction to the special issue: Lost musical histories—Curating and documenting local popular music-making in the UK

Paul Carr
Issued Date: 24 Jan 2020


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.

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