Informal Public Spaces and Community Building
Edited by Joanne Dolley and Caryl Bosman
Chapter 7: Understanding popular music heritage practice through the lens of ‘third place’
While the traditional model for third places as devised by Oldenburg refers mainly to the neutral social conditions of meeting places outside work and home, such as cafes and bars, transformations in twenty-first century society pave the way for new ways of thinking about third place. In this chapter, the authors suggest a range of outlets connected with popular music heritage practices could be considered incarnations of third place. Case studies drawing on empirical data from individual research projects in the area of popular music heritage are presented, comprising do-it-yourself archiving, digital archives, walking tours, and pop music reunion tours. In doing this, the authors demonstrate the alignment of these activities with the majority of central third place tenets, suggesting the wider impact of both music heritage practices and the increasing currency of third place in current times.
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