Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity: Localised Popular Music Histories and their Significance for Music Audiences and Music Industries in Europe (POPID)

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The POPID-project examines the increasing importance of popular music in contemporary renderings of cultural identity and local and national cultural heritage. In this project, we conceive of popular music as a form of music which particularly in a post-World War II context has been principally enjoyed through modes of mass distribution and primarily commercial aesthetics.
As such, we make a distinction between 'popular' and 'folk' music, the latter not being dependent on such surrounding industry for its production, consumption and enjoyment. That having said, we also expect definitions of popular and folk music to vary according to country, group and situation and we seek to study such variations rather than excluding some music a priori from our analysis.
With a history now stretching back over fifty years, for generations born after 1945 popular music forms such as rock and punk may be as potent a symbol of national or local identity as traditional representations, for example, national and regional insignia, food, drink, and sport.
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