Reissues: Collecting, Curating, Connoisseurship, and Cultural Mass

  • Sophia MaalsenEmail author


This chapter elaborates on reissue as paralleling the activities assumed as curatorial and heavily reflects the theme of archiving and curating music. The similarities between reissue labels and traditional curating practices are discussed through the use of two case studies—New York–based punk and powerpop reissue label Sing Sing Records, and the widely respected Smithsonian Folkways. Aligning this with the notion of distributed personhood as previously developed contributes to the idea that reissue labels are not only in the business of reissuing music but by extension are reissuing people and personhood through this music. Again the idea of a multibiographical sound object resembling a human/nonhuman music cyborg materialises through the chapter.


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  1. 1.School of Architecture, Design and PlanningUniversity of SydneyCamperdownAustralia

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