Alco-pop? The use of popular music in Glasgow pubs

Alasdair Forsyth, Martin Cloonan

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n recent years popular music studies has witnessed a turn towards concentrating on music at a local level (Cloonan) and its use in what DeNora calls everyday life. In a separate, but overlapping, development there has been a growing interest in the night-time economy. At an academic level this has included some interest in the role popular music plays in that economy (e.g. Bennett; Bjrnberg and Stockfelt) and at the UK governmental level it has included responses to “binge drinking” (Home Affairs Select Committee; Prime Minister's Strategy Unit; Scottish Executive) and to licensing.1 But there has been less attention paid to the role that music plays within a key part of that economy—pubs. In this article we examine the use of music in city centre pubs in Glasgow, Scotland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-78
Number of pages22
JournalPopular Music and Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008


  • economy
  • popular music
  • binge drinking


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