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Call for Papers – ‘Imaginary Cities’: Los Angeles in Music Cultures

This collection of essays to be published by Routledge (Music) is edited by Dr. Sébastien Darchen, Dr. Damien Charrieras and Dr. John Willsteed.


This edited collection analyzes popular music artefacts such as lyrics and song titles (textscape), sounds, melodies, rhythms (soundscape), visual images in record covers, videos and merchandise (landscape) to make sense of the ‘Imaginary cities’ portrayed by a variety of music cultures from L.A. The aim is to establish a dialogue between music cultures in L.A and selected urban themes (ex: feminist urbanism, social upheaval, etc.) and to connect this discussion to the reality of L.A at the time. We argue that music cultures create ‘Imaginary cities’ but are also constitutive of the urban fabric. The collection is exploring this two-way process. It also includes semi-directed interviews with musicians, music writers and urban theorists to further develop this dialogue between music cultures and urban studies. Ultimately, the collection speculates on the future of Los Angeles as a city and its associated music cultures given the current urban challenges of the global pandemic and climate change.

Editors re particularly interested in contribution for the following music cultures:
– Psychedelic rock (ex: The Doors);
– Glam rock (ex: The Runaways);
– Punk rock (ex: X);
– Nu metal (ex: Rage Against the Machine);
– Recent music cultures around Electronic music/hip-hop
Confirmed collaborators: Professor Roger Keil (York University), Dr. Robin Bloch, L.A punk icon Patricia Morrison (Ex-Bags and Ex-Gun Club) and music writer Chris Morris.
Deadline for submitting the abstracts is April 15tht 2022.
Abstract should be send to Dr. Dr. Sébastien Darchen (UQ): s.darchen@uq.edu.au
Further information: https://sees.uq.edu.au/profile/9935/sebastien-darchen; https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-33-4741-0: ,