A groundbreaking study of music and musical history in Leeds.
This is the first scholarly volume to focus on popular music in Leeds. It delves into the rich musical history of Leeds and its long tradition of vibrant venues, nightclubs, dance halls, pubs, and other sites of musical entertainment. The contributors use the popular music of Leeds to exemplify and inform understandings of broader cultural and urban changes, the social and historical significance of music as mass media; music and migration; music, racialization, and social equity; and industrial decline, deindustrialization, neoliberalism, and the rise of the twenty-four-hour city. Charting moments of stark musical politicization and de-politicization, while also tracing arguments about heritagizing popular music within discussions about music’s place in museums and in the urban economy, this book contributes to debates about why music matters, has mattered, and continues to matter in Leeds and beyond.
About the Author
Brett Lashua is lecturer in sociology of the media and education, University College London.
Karl Spracklen is professor of sociology of leisure and culture at Leeds Beckett University.
Kitty Ross is curator of Leeds history and social history, Leeds Museums and Galleries.
Paul Thompson is a recording engineer and reader in the School of the Arts at Leeds Beckett University.