New e-book out on music and everyday life

Sounds of the Overground
Selected papers from a postgraduate colloquium on ubiquitous music and music in everyday life

Edited by Nedim Hassan and Holly Tessler

A new e-book published by the International Institute for Popular Culture, University of Turku, Finland. Available at (direct link) or

Musical and auditory experiences are frequently central to peoples’ socio-cultural practices within contemporary media-saturated societies. This edited collection features chapters from upcoming scholars who are interested in critically examining such experiences. Showcasing fresh perspectives on the study of music and sound, the eight chapters in this volume adopt research approaches from a range of academic fields including: anthropology; history; philosophy; architectural studies; musicology and cultural studies. Starting from the exploration of the specific roles that music can have for individuals, groups and communities, the chapters in Sounds of the Overground proceed to encompass broader discussions regarding music and nostalgia; place; identity and the philosophical implications of new musical and auditory technologies.

This book will be of value for anyone interested in debates concerning the roles of music and culture in everyday life, including students of popular music, musicology, cultural studies, sociology and media studies.

About the International Institute for Popular Culture:

The International Institute for Popular Culture is a multi-disciplinary research unit, concerned not only with issues in contemporary popular culture but also in its history and transformations. The Institute is committed to pursuing academic excellence in the following areas: popular music, radio, film, and television, new media and information technology, festivals and urban cultures, youth cultures and subcultures, cultural industries, consumption and material culture, sports, stardom and fandom. The Institute is open to methodologies and theoretical insights, but it places special emphasis on the questions of popular culture as heritage and the social role of popular culture.

Kimi Kärki
Phil. Lic., Coordinator
European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society,
a European Master’s Programme

Part of EuroMACHS network

School of History, Cultural Research and Art Studies
FIN-20014 University of Turku

Tel: +358-(0)2-333 5890
Fax: +358-(0)2-333 6200

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