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No two houses of the holy: Creating cultural heritage in <i>Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses</i>

Popular Music History

Equinox Publishing

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      Using the Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibition as a case study, this article offers one possible answer to the question: what is needed for popular music to become cultural heritage? It looks at how the exhibition&rsquo;s use of material culture and its relation to intangible culture provide opportunities for audience engagement and establish the exhibition as a site for the production of cultural heritage. Drawing upon work done in both heritage and popular music studies, I argue that the exhibition thesis, its design and the integration of participatory opportunities create a congregant space, one in which heritage&rsquo;s characteristic operation of establishing a relationship between present and past in order to facilitate inheritance is realized in a manner that offers a dynamic and variable image of membership.

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      Popular Music History
      POMH
      Equinox Publishing
      1740-7133
      1743-1646
      April 7 2017
      April 4 2017
      : 10
      : 2
      : 113-137
      10.1558/pomh.33411
      © 2017

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