Notes towards a typology of the DIY institution: Identifying do-it-yourself places of popular music preservation
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This article presents some notes towards identifying what we have come to call 'DIY institutions': places of popular music preservation, archiving and display that exist outside the bounds of 'official' or 'national' projects of collection and heritage management. These projects emerge instead from within communities of music consumption, where groups of interested people have, to some degree, undertaken to do it themselves, creating places (physical and/or online) to store - and, in some cases, display publicly - the material history of music culture. In these places people, largely volunteers, who are not expert in tasks associated with archiving, records management, preservation or other elements involved in cultural heritage management, learn skills along the way as they work to collect, preserve and make public artefacts related to popular music culture. The article argues that these places are suggestive of broader desires from within communities of popular music consumption to preserve popular music heritage.
European Journal of Cultural Studies
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