On January the 8th 2013, Bowie fans were delighted by the return of the Thin White Duke.
The sudden and unexpected release of Bowie’s first new material in almost a decade was certainly a welcome surprise – and the single “Where are we now?” became his highest placed single since “Let’s Dance” in 1983.
But back in Oct. 2012 – it was a very different story…
Fans who’d gathered at “Strange Fascination?” at the University of Limerick, the world’s first David Bowie symposium, were debating whether or not he’d ever return – with many assuming he’d slipped into retirement.
Interactive Cultures researcher Rob Horrocks is speaking at a round table discussion on the benefits and issues with the digital turn in popular music and museums at this event at the British Library next week.
Rob worked on the 40 Years of Heavy Metal and its Unique Birth Place exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as part of his reseach on popluar music heritage practice. The exhibition opened on 18th June.
Venue: Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool
Date: 8–9 September 2011
We invite proposals from a broad range of academic disciplines for a 2 day symposium examining sites of popular music heritage: from institutions such as museums, to geographic locations, websites and online archives. Papers are welcomed that explore popular music within narratives of heritage and identity, real and imagined geographies, cultural memory and contested histories.
The event will focus on three thematic areas:
Popular Music Heritage in the Museum
In recent years museums have increasingly engaged with popular music heritage, as evidenced in a proliferation of exhibitions including those in the UK such as Kylie: The Exhibition at the V&A and the British Music Experience at the O2. Museum interaction with popular music heritage enables methods of narration beyond traditional written histories, engaging visitors with objects, sounds and images. The place of popular music in the museum raises issues of how music is both represented and used to represent and explore social histories, personal and collective identities, memories, and geographies. Possible themes for papers include:
Popular music and locality in the museum
Disseminating popular music heritage in museums beyond text
History and memory in popular music exhibitions and collections
Jez Collins, of the Birmingham Popular Music Archive reflects on a recent article about the use of Twitter and Facebook by the archival community.
I started the Birmingham Popular Music Archive as way of engendering civic pride through the wide range of music activity that has emanated from Birmingham and as a way celebrating and recognising those individuals and organisations that have played a role in this.
Following a screening of Tony Palmer’s 1977 film ‘The Wigan Casino’ the panel comprising
Prof Tim Wall, Dr Nicola Smith, Dr Lucy Gibson, Ady Croasdell (Ace Records) and Prof David Sanjek discussed the film and responded to comments from the audience.
Ady Croasdell Rare Records and Raucous Nights: Investigating Northern Soul symposium, University of Salford, 4 November, 2010
Ady Croasdell went to this first “Old Soul” all nighter in 1969 and now bosses the longest running Northern Soul club/all nighter of all time (31 years and counting) at the 100 Club in London’s Oxford Street. He has worked for Ace Records since 1982 compiling Northern Soul LPs and CDs for their Kent subsidiary. He oversees the production of these from concept to product and actively seeks and negotiates deals with the US owners.
Dr Lucy Gibson at the Rare Records and Raucous Nights: Investigating Northern Soul symposium 4 November, University of Salford
Lucy Gibson is a temporary lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester. Her doctoral research explored popular music and the life course, which included ethnographies of Northern Soul and rare soul, rock music, and electronic dance music scenes and interviews with over 70 adult fans. She is particularly interested in how ageing shapes participation in music scenes and music taste and is currently working on publications in this area.