Sharing songs on Hirakata Square: On playlists and place attachment in contemporary music listening

Leonieke Bolderman*, Stijn Reijnders

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This article focuses on the relation between music and place. More particularly, it theorizes and investigates how music leads people to imagine places, sometimes resulting in a ‘musical topophilia’: the love for a place based on its association with a particular genre, musician or musical activity. This concept is explored through 17 semi-structured, in-depth interviews with Dutch users of music streaming services. The analysis shows how these music listeners connect their love for music to places in four ways: through (1) sound, (2) texts and images, (3) musicians, and (4) places of music production, distribution or consumption. Based on these four mediations, music listening shapes affective geographies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-951
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

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The authors would like to thank Dr. Marion Leonard and the anonymous reviewers for their helpful remarks in an earlier stage of the research. The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This research has been financially supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) without any influence on, or interference with, the overall study design and content of the study itself (grant number: PR-11-77).

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