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Popular Music


Abbey Road, London, Summer 2013. Photo by Alexandra Kolesnik


Staff:

Alexandra Kolesnik
Natalia Samutina

 
Our fascination with popular music and research interest in this important part of contemporary culture has grown into separate field quite recently. We are trying to create a platform for interdisciplinary analysis of popular music as a complex cultural phenomenon. We also encourage the usage of popular music as a rich material for the studies of different aspects of contemporary culture and communication in society. An important step in the realization of this goal was the creation of a course “Let’s Rock: the study of British popular music”. We are interested both in understanding of the structure and functioning of popular music, as well as in case studies related to popular music in the city, multimedia music projects, correspondence of popular music and historical culture, etc.

Our research areas include:

·      Representations of the past in popular music

·      Retro-oriented contemporary music movements

·      Contemporary British popular music

·      Popular music in the city

·      Multimedia music projects on the Internet

·      Popular music and street art

·      Popular music and fan communities

·      Popular music materiality and collecting, museums of popular music


Publications:

Kolesnik, Aleksandra (2015). Images of the Past in British Popular Music of the 1960s: ‘Relevant History’ of the Kinks. HSE Working papers. Series WP “Working Papers of Humanities”. #104.

Kolesnik, Alexandra (2015). Populyarnaya muzyka v kontekste sovremennyh kul'turnyh issledovanii: formirovanie i akademizatsiya popular music studies [Popular music in the context of contemporary cultural studies: formation and academization of popular music studies] in Obschestvennye nauki i sovremennost' [Social Sciences and Modernity]. #5.

Kolesnik, Aleksandra (2015). Mesto proshlogo v britanskoj populyarnoi muzyke 1960-h godov: aktualnaya istoriya The Kinks [The place of the past in British popular music of the 1960s: 'relevant history' of the Kinks] in Zhurnal “Klio” [Journal “Klio”]. #8(104).

Kolesnik, Aleksandra (2015). Representaciya proshlogo v populyarnoi muzyke: mezhdisciplinarnyi podhod popular music studies [The representations of the past in popular music: interdisciplinary approach of popular music studies] in Steny i mosty III – Istoriya vozniknoveniya i razvitiya idei mezhdisciplinarnosti [Walls and Bridges – III. The history of rise and development of interdisciplinary studies]. Eds. Ershova, Galina; Dolgova, Evgeniya. M.: RGGU [Russian State University for the Humanities].

Kolesnik, Aleksandra (2014). Popular Culture and History: Representations of the Past in British Popular Music of the 2000s. HSE Working papers. Series WP “Working Papers of Humanities”. #54.

Kolesnik, Aleksandra (2014). The Beatles Story Museum: konstruirovanie lokalnoj istorii Liverpulya [The Beatles Story Museum: construction of Liverpool local history] in Pamyat v culture / kultura pamyati [Memory in the culture / Culture of memory]. M.: Vysshaya shkola ekonomiki [The Higher School of Economics] (in press).

Kolesnik, Aleksandra (2014). Znanie o proshlom v britanskoi populyarnoi muzyke: keis gruppy “The Libertines” [The knowledge about the past in British popular music: the Libertines case] in Sbornik statei po itogam konkursa nauchno-issledovatelskih rabot studentov NIU VSHE 2013 [The collection of papers on the annual international student’s research works competition at NRU HSE 2013]. M.: Vysshaya shkola ekonomiki [The Higher School of Economics] (in press).

Kolesnik, Aleksandra (2014). The Number of the Beast: fantasticheskii mir hevy-metala [The Number of the Beast: fantastic world of heavy metal] in Politika massovoi kultury [Mass culture policy]. M.: Vysshaya shkola ekonomiki [The Higher School of Economics] (in press).

Samutina, Natalia (2014). Plastic Beach Utopia: Gorillaz’ Multimedia Concept Project in the Context of Contemporary Popular Music Culture. HSE Working papers. Series WP “Working Papers of Humanities”. #71.

Kolesnik, Aleksandra (2013). Otnoshenie k sobstvennomu proshlomu: retromaniya v sovremennoi britanskoi populyarnoi muzyke [Relation to its own past: retromania in contemporary British popular music]. Artikult. #11.

Samutina, Natalia (2012). Plastikovyi ostrov Utopiya: Multimediinyi proekt Gorillaz i sovremennaya muzykalnaya kultura [Plastic Beach Utopia: Gorillaz’ Multimedia Project and Contemporary Popular Music. Neprikosnovenny Zapas [Reserve Stock].  #1(81): http://www.nlobooks.ru/node/1801