The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

Beyond the Master Narrative of Youth: Researching Ageing Popular Music Scenes

The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

Nicola Watchman Smith [+-]
Newcastle College
Nicola Watchman Smith is Head of Higher Education at Newcastle College University Centre and a cultural sociologist and researcher. She has published widely on northern soul, including chapters in The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Musicology (2009) and Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity (2012).

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This chapter, first published in The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Musicology (ed. Derek B. Scott, 2009: Ashgate), discusses the suitability of the post-subcultural paradigm as a potential means to consider aging participation and music scene longevity. This chapter questions the master narrative of youth evident in popular music research, and, by theorizing music as pleasure and as an aspect of everyday life, it argues that the appeal of participation is not dependent upon age, nor does it derive solely from a desire for community or resistance, but is rather tied to identity formation and reflexive engagement.

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Smith, Nicola. Beyond the Master Narrative of Youth: Researching Ageing Popular Music Scenes. The Northern Soul Scene. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 60-80 Feb 2019. ISBN 9781781795583. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31479. Date accessed: 12 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31479. Feb 2019

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