Popular Music History, Vol 4, No 2 (2009)

Compost city: underground music, collapsoscapes and urban regeneration

Greg Keeffe
Issued Date: 16 Nov 2010


This paper looks at the recent history of Hulme, Manchester, which during the 1980s was home to many of the most successful bands of the post-punk era. This flourishing of underground music was not planned, however. It emerged through a complex network of urban forces, some physical, some social. The paper develops the concept of the ‘compost city’, a laissez-faire approach to the management of urban culture which is oppositional to the current vogue for more hands-on cultural industries management.

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DOI: 10.1558/pomh.v4i2.145


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