Liverpool's Musical Landscapes
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        15 Jun 2018

        Main Summary

          Liverpool has gained a national and international reputation for popular music, most recently recognised in its designation as a UNESCO City of Music. This book examines Liverpool’s popular music through the history of the places where it has been performed and examines their role and significance. It explores the richness of Liverpool’s live performance scene and tells a story of changing music sites, sounds and experiences. In doing so it highlights music’s contribution to the city’s history and identity, and in turn shows how the city’s architectural and urban form has shaped its musical life and character.

          The book shows how music is bound up with changes in the social, cultural and economic life of cities more generally, particularly provincial, ‘post-industrial’ cities in the UK, Europe and US. It also highlights the significance of places that enable people to come together and collectively participate in music events.

          The book touches on groups and artists involved with many diverse musical style and brings new and fascinating information on well-known historic venues such as the Cavern Club and the Blue Angel, as well as new ones such as the Echo Arena. With a glossary of artists and venues, previously unpublished photographs, illustrations and music maps. Liverpool’s musical landscapes are investigated in unprecedented detail and depth.

          Additional Information


          Robert Kronenburg
          Sara Cohen

          Author Information

          Sara Cohen is a Professor of Music at the University of Liverpool.
          Robert Kronenburg is an architect and holds the Roscoe Chair of Architecture, University of Liverpool.

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            1 City of Architecture: The setting for Liverpool’s live music venues and spaces
            2 City of Music: Liverpool life and the places of live music
            3 Liverpool’s music venues and spaces
            3.1 Houses
            3.2 Cellars
            3.3 Pubs and function rooms
            3.4 Halls
            3.5 Arenas
            3.6 City spaces
            3.7 Open spaces
            4 Conclusion: Liverpool, Music City
            Appendix 1: List of venues
            Appendix 2: List of festivals
            Appendix 3: List of artists