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Title: Music covers as vehicles of nostalgia : exploring fans' recollections and yearning in the UK indie pop music scene
Author: Whitehouse, Sophie Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 7964 0659
Awarding Body: University of Leicester
Current Institution: University of Leicester
Date of Award: 2019
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The purpose of this research is to investigate how long-standing members of the UK indie pop music scene reflect on their experiences of music and make sense of the scene. Twelve in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with fourteen indie pop fans, supported by two years of immersion in the scene so I could familiarise myself with the music, practices and community surrounding indie pop. Participants were asked to bring to the interview examples of meaningful single/EP/album covers and it was later investigated what role their chosen covers play in their conceptualisations of their experiences of music and the scene. Taking an inductive approach to research, thematic data analysis revealed that nostalgia and authenticity play a significant role in their conceptualisations. Specifically, participants were nostalgic for analogue media culture, the "golden years" of indie pop and personal recollections bound to music. A DIY mode emerged from the interviews, illustrated via key characteristics of the covers which participants drew on to collectively authenticate and establish the identity of the scene. The covers therefore functioned as vehicles of nostalgia, triggering reminiscences and underlying feelings of belongingness, while also constituting the object of yearning. In an age where the digitisation of music has re-contextualised analogue music, this research offers insight into less visible music practices outside of the mainstream and captures the motivations behind long-standing members of the scene's commitment to analogue music and fondness for the culture surrounding it. In doing so, it foregrounds the role of music covers in experiences of music, an area which is currently unexplored in academic literature.
Supervisor: Brewis, Jo ; Saren, Michael Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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