Date of Submission

Spring 2023

Academic Program

Music; Sociology

Project Advisor 1

Karen Barkey

Project Advisor 2

Christopher Gibbs

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This paper is an ethnographic and interview-based study of popular music museums in the United States. I observed that curatorial practices in pop music museums aligned with two major goals -- education and entertainment. These curatorial practices worked within the goals of the social field of museums as well as responded to the legacy of cultural hierarchy. I ultimately find that popular music museums are sites for legitimizing Americans' memories of and taste for popular music, rather than merely sites of music history education or entertainment.

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