Compost city: underground music, collapsoscapes and urban regeneration

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    This paper looks at the recent history of Hulme, Manchester, which during the 1980s was home to many of the most successful bands of the post-punk era. This flourishing of underground music was not planned, however. It emerged, through a complex network of urban forces, some physical, some social. The paper develops the concept of the ‘compost city’ a laissez-faire approach to the management of urban culture, which is oppositional to the current vogue for more hands-on cultural industries management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-159
    Number of pages15
    JournalPopular Music History
    Volume4 (2)
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

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