Popular Music History, Vol 12, No 2 (2019)

Listening again to popular music as history

Paul Leslie Long, Nicholas Gebhardt
Issued Date: 21 Aug 2020


This guest editorial introduces four articles in the first of two special editions reflecting on the nature of our thinking and methods as scholars of popular music history. While many of us draw on an inter-disciplinary range of skills and repertories, what is it we think we are doing in producing our accounts of the past in and through music? What is at stake in our discussions and wider claims for the value of what we do?

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DOI: 10.1558/pomh.41400


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Baker, S., C. Strong, L. Istvandity and Z. Cantillon, eds. 2018. The Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315299310

Bennett, A., and S. Janssen, eds. 2019. Popular Music, Cultural Memory, and Heritage. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315204109

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Long, P. 2015. ‘“Really Saying Something?” What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Popular Music Heritage, Memory, Archives and the Digital?’ In Preserving Popular Music Heritage, ed. Sarah Baker, 62–76. New York and Abingdon: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315769882-5

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