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Sara Cohen


Sara Cohen is a Professor at the University of Liverpool where she holds the James and Constance Alsop Chair in Music and is Director of the Institute of Popular Music. She has a DPhil in Social Anthropology from Oxford University and is author of Rock Culture in Liverpool (1991) and Decline, Renewal and the City in Popular Music Culture (2007), and co-author of Harmonious Relations (1991) and Liverpool’s Musical Landscapes (2018). She has specialised in ethnographic research on popular music and her research interests have centred on place, heritage and cultural memory. She is currently developing research on ageing and recently embarked on a new project involving research on music, technology and dementia.

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Research interests
Popular music, anthropology of music, place, heritage, cultural memory, ageing..


Cohen, S. (Forthcoming, in press). ‘Music, Memory and Ageing: Stories from the archives’. In L. Grenier and F. Valois-Nadeau (eds). Cultural Mediations of Memory and Ageing. University of Chicago Press.

Cohen, S., and Kronenburg, R. (2018). Musical landscapes: Liverpool. London: English Heritage.

Cohen, S. (2016). ‘Music as Cartography: English audiences and their autobiographical memories of the musical past’. In J. Brusila, B. Johnson, and J. Richardson (eds), Music, Memory, Sound. Bristol: Intellect Books. Pp. 107-123.

Roberts, L., and Cohen, S. (2015). Mapping cultures: Spatial anthropology and popular cultural memory’. In N. Duxbury, W. F. Garrett-Petts, and D. MacLennan (eds), Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry. New York: Routledge. Pp170-193.

Cohen, S., Knifton, R., Leonard, M., Roberts, L. (eds) (2014). Sites of Popular Music Heritage. Routledge Studies in Popular Music. Routledge, New York.

Roberts, L, and Cohen, S. (2014). ‘Unauthorizing Popular Music Heritage: Outline of a critical framework’. International Journal of Heritage Studies. Vol. 20, Issue 3. Pp241-261.

Cohen S. (2014). `”Going to a Gig”: Remembering and mapping the places and journeys of live rock music in England. In K. Burland and S. Pitts (eds), Coughing and Clapping. Guildford, Ashgate. Pp 131-147.

Cohen, S., and Roberts, L. (2014). ‘”Heritage Rocks!” Mapping spaces of popular music tourism’. In S. Kruger and R. Trandafoiu (eds), The Globalization of Musics in Transit: Musical migration and tourism. Routledge:  London.


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