Glowing reviews for book on music and cities co-edited by Sebastien Darchen

“Electronic Cities: Music, Policies and Spaces in the 21st Century” is a welcome contribution to the ‘urban turn’ in popular music studies. It moves beyond the analysis of styles and venues, setting musical practice within complex networks of policy, economic history and metropolitan politics. These fascinating case studies take us beyond the self-proclaimed ‘capitals’ of electronic music, into a rich variety of cities whose abandoned urban spaces became breeding grounds for music seeking to invent new futures.”

Will Straw, Department of Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University, Montreal

“Electronic Cities: Music, Policies and Spaces in the 21st Century” brings a new perspective to understanding urban development and urban cultural policy-making. The book uncovers an incredible variety of stories and scenes from cities around the globe to help us better understand how music shapes the city and how the city shapes music.”

Carl Grodach, Foundation Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Monash University

“This new edited collection provides a brilliant insight into the dynamic relationship between electronic dance music cultures and the cities from which they emerge. It investigates the myriad ways in which subcultural narratives are woven into the fabric of a city and how the struggle for space is played out in, on and under its streets. At a moment when the night-time economy is under such threat, this is a handbook for survival.”

Alice O’Grady, Professor in Applied Performance, University of Leeds, UK

The book will be published in March 2021 by Palgrave McMillan. For details, visit: