A labour of love: the affective archives of popular music culture

Long, Paul and Baker, Sarah and Istvandity, Lauren and Collins, J. (2017) A labour of love: the affective archives of popular music culture. Archives and Records, 38 (1). pp. 61-79. ISSN 2325-7962

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Abstract

This paper outlines the prodigious field of public history preservation
practice prompted by popular music culture, exploring the
relationship of affect, history and the archive. Framing this exploration
with a concept of cultural justice, it considers the still uncertain
place of popular music as a subject of heritage and preservation,
assessing the parameters of what counts as an archive and issues of
democratization. It offers a discussion of the archival and affective
turns in the humanities as a means of framing the politics of practice
focused on popular music culture. The paper offers empirical evidence
of the relational qualities of the popular music archive considered
in affective terms. Discussion draws first on evidence from the
vernacular practices of communities in what Baker and Collins
describe as ‘do-it-yourself’ archives and secondly from ‘authorized’
collections in established archival institutions (Baker and Collins,
“Sustaining Popular Music’s Material Culture,” 3). The paper explores
the motivations of popular music archivists and how they articulate
the affective dimensions of their work, and how their work qualifies
personal and collective commitments and expressions of value and
indeed, relations with users. In conclusion, affect is identified as
pertinent to wider issues in the relations of archive, archivist and user
and the possibilities of historical practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P300 Media studies
W300 Music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Centre for Media and Cultural Research
UoA Collections > UoA36: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Depositing User: Paul Long
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 09:56
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 09:56
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4635

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