Project leader

Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2009
End date: 31/12/2011
Funding: 2495000 SEK


Popular music, with a complex history of utopian rebellions and nostalgic recycling, is a particularly apt yet often overlooked area for investigations into how history is formed and negotiated today.

The project ethnographically follows networks of musicians, arrangers, writers, producers and audience that take part in formations of different musical seventies. The aim of the project is to show how such networks produce, administer and organize the past.

Key issues are negotiations concerning authority and truth, and the actual arrangements of historical fragments in different orders here referred to as retrologies. The study will primarily contribute to discussions within the interdisciplinary fields of social memory, popular music studies and ethnomusicology.

Drawing on different theoretical sources, the study develops a model of popular historiography that distinguishes four analytical levels – fragments, affective alliances, networks and retrologies.

The project is carried out in three phases – an initial mapping of physical, temporal and virtual networks and nodes, a following strategically situated fieldwork in selected networks mainly consisting in participant observation and interviews, and a final processing consisting in compilation, analysis and the dissemination of principal results through articles in Nordic and international peer-reviewed journals.

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