With Deindustrialisation and Popular Music, Botta make an important contribution to the study of popular music and sound, in particular post-punk cultures, in the context of urban deindustrialization. His engaging and accessible book offers insightful theoretical reflections on, and historical contextualizations of, the intricate ways in which popular music production, aesthetics and consumption are interconnected. — Popular Music History
A must-read for everyone who seeks to understand the relationship between place and sound beyond a mere cause and effect-analogy. A multi-layered interdisciplinary study which unravels the articulation of industrial musicscapes and deindustrialization in a comparative perspective looking at four European cities: Manchester, Düsseldorf, Torino and Tampere. Well-researched and well-written: a superb ethnography and historiography of urban culture and popular music.— Rolf Lindner, Professor Emeritus of European Ethnology, Humboldt University of Berlin
Sharpened by the author’s expertise in economic theory, urban history and musical communities, Deindustrialisation and Popular Music offers fresh thinking about the ways in which music is political. Venturing beyond the usual cities covered in popular music research, Bottà takes us into the unique histories and fascinating musical worlds of Tampere, Dusseldorf, Torinto and Manchester. Highly recommended.— William Straw, James McGill Professor of Urban Media Studies, McGill University
This groundbreaking study makes the sound of industrial work and creative destruction come alive in compelling ways. By considering a broad array of industrial cities, local sensibilities, and DIY styles across Europe, Bottà advances our understanding of deindustrialization music beyond the tidy social/aesthetic homologies that underlie familiar accounts of ‘post-punk Manchester’ and ‘electronic Dusseldorf.’ Deindustrialisation and Popular Music is a vital contribution to the cultural analysis of contemporary European urbanism.— Leonard Nevarez, Professor of Sociology, Vassar College
Moving us beyond the exhausted creative cities trope, Bottà critically examines how material and symbolic infrastructures are mediated through musicmaking, courtesy a lively, occasionally personal, look at scenes in Manchester, Düsseldorf, Torino and Tampere. Positioning the post-industrial city as a semiotic resource over which competing interests continue to wage battle, he offers us a compelling re-think of the post-industrial city.
— Geoff Stahl, Senior Lecturer in Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
Deindustrialisation and Popular Music is not the same old story about punk and post-punk. It looks for music and subculture’s context and impact in new places and in new ways. Indeed in some ways this is not a book about punk/post-punk at all. This is a book about how we can take popular culture seriously – as a product, as a way of seeing ourselves, and as a way of working through the past. The cultural forms and sectors have filled in the post-industrial gaps, where the creative zones are part and parcel of gentrification, all transmitted through new technological products and media forms. These carry a memory of the past with them. From Delta Blues to punk in Finland Deindustrialisation and Popular Music maps out music in its global place and how popular culture helps us deal with our past in a changing world.
— Lucy Robinson, Professor, University of Sussex
This is not just another book on punk and post-punk. It isn’t just another book on cities and music either. This is a book on music’s importance in the reconfiguring of today’s cities – namely those heirs to industrialisation. Theoretically and methodologically remarkable, this book explores punk and post-punk heritage – frequently enclosed in stereotyped or immensely subjectivized narratives. However, its touchstone is starting from, and going beyond, Manchester. It’s analysing Düsseldorf, Torino, and Tampere – showing how this heritage is at the core of contemporary European identity.
— Paula Guerra, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Porto