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The economic imperatives that have driven, with various shades of success, urban regeneration initiatives in post-industrial towns and cities in the United Kingdom have sought to capitalise on a music and cultural heritage predicated on an intrinsic embeddedness in the place of the local....
The Cliffs of Moher is one of the most popular tourist sites in all of Ireland, and buskers have been playing traditional music there for generations. The site and traditional music have each become powerful metonyms for Irish identity. In this article, I explore the complex and changing...
Tourism and cultural agencies in some English provincial cities are promoting their popular music ‘heritage’ and, in some cases, contemporary musicians through the packaging of trails, sites, ‘iconic’ venues and festivals. This article focuses on Sheffield, a ‘post-industrial’ northern English...
Helena, Arkansas’ King Biscuit Blues Festival is a mass-produced event, where detailed schedules outline musical performances and regulate most aspects of the festival experience, yet many blues fans perceive their festival attendance as a homecoming. Such a perception is largely thanks to...
From counterculture to subculture to the ubiquity of every black-clad wannabe vampire hanging around the centre of Western cities, Goth has transcended a musical style to become a part of everyday leisure and popular culture. The music’s cultural terrain has been extensively mapped in the first...
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