Popular Music Scenes and Cultural Memory

  • Andy Bennett
  • Ian Rogers

Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Andy Bennett, Ian Rogers
    Pages 1-7
  3. Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Andy Bennett, Ian Rogers
      Pages 11-35
    3. Andy Bennett, Ian Rogers
      Pages 37-59
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Andy Bennett, Ian Rogers
      Pages 63-90
    3. Andy Bennett, Ian Rogers
      Pages 91-114
    4. Andy Bennett, Ian Rogers
      Pages 115-138
    5. Andy Bennett, Ian Rogers
      Pages 139-161
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 185-206

About this book


This volume explores the ways in which music scenes are not merely physical spaces for the practice of collective musical life but are also inscribed with and enacted through the articulation of cultural memory and emotional geography. The book draws on empirical data collected in cites throughout Australia. 

In terms of understanding the relationship between music scenes and participants, much of the existing popular music literature tends to avoid one key aspect of scene: its predominant past-tense and memory-based nature. Nascent music scenes may be emergent and on-going but their articulation in the present is often based on past events, ideas and histories. There is a noticeable gap between the literature concerning popular music ethnography and the growing body of work on cultural memory and emotional geography. This book is a study of the conceptual formation and use of music scenes by participants. It is also an investigation of the structures underpinning music scenes more generally. 


popular music music scene cultural memory emotional geography space and place collective musical life Australia past events, ideas and histories popular music ethnography

Authors and affiliations

  • Andy Bennett
    • 1
  • Ian Rogers
    • 2
  1. 1.Gold Coast CampusGriffith Univ, School of Humanities Gold Coast CampusBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Media and CommunicationRMIT University Media and CommunicationMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-40204-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-40203-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-40204-2
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