Next up on our list of people to interview are the many authors who write books for a general audience about Australian music. What do they think about the important work they do in telling stories about Australia's popular music past? How do they go about this work, and what might their research and writing process tell us about how the most commonly-known narratives about music history are formed?
We are also tracking down some of the people involved in making documentaries for television about Australian music. There have been a few important examples over the last decade or so that have reached a wide audience, like Long Way to the Top (2001), Love is in the Air (2003), and Great Australian Albums (2007-8). What is the process for making these documentaries? How are their stories compiled? How is archival material sourced to find visuals for these stories about music? We hope to find out all this and more as we talk to people involved in producing these series.
Welcome to our website, the online home of our Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project, Popular Music and Cultural Memory: localised popular music histories and their significance for national music industries. Visit our site regularly for updates on our research's progress, as well as links to our project's outcomes as they appear. Find out more about our project and its aims here.