Sonic Heritage, Identity and Music-making in Sheffield, “Steel City”

SCHOFIELD, John and WRIGHT, Ron (2021). Sonic Heritage, Identity and Music-making in Sheffield, “Steel City”. Heritage & Society.

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    This paper examines the way pervasive influences within the built environment shape heritage and identity. With a focus on Sheffield, a northern English city strongly associated with a now largely defunct steel industry, the paper investigates how the city’s industrial past, its location and social fabric have shaped music-making, creating a distinctive scene that has become central to the city’s cultural identity. Using a combination of in-depth interviews and documentary analysis, Sheffield is presented from the mid-1970s as experiencing what can be referred to as a “sonic cycle” in which the city’s musicians refer to the sound of the drop-hammer in the steel forges being a backdrop to their childhood and a clear influence as they began their musical careers, and how the “industrial music” scene which they created has in turn shaped a new heritage identity. The paper concludes by promoting the idea that music created by local musicians forms a vital part of Sheffield’s character and is an essential ingredient for shaping alternative urban futures.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1205 Urban and Regional Planning; 2101 Archaeology; 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies
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    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2021 15:58
    Last Modified: 27 Sep 2021 16:00

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