Regeneration songs: sounds of investment and loss in East London

Duman, Alberto, Hancox, Dan, James, Malcolm and Minton, Anna, eds. (2018) Regeneration songs: sounds of investment and loss in East London. Repeater Books, London. ISBN 978-1912248230

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Abstract

The impact of global capital and foreign investment on local communities is being felt in major cities across the world. Since the 2012 Olympics was awarded to the British capital, East London has been at the heart of the largest and most all-encompassing top-down urban regeneration strategy in civic history. At the centre of this has been the local government, Newham Council, and their daring proposal: an “Arc of Opportunity” for developers to transform 1,412 hectares of Newham. This proposal was outlined in a short film, London’s Regeneration Supernova, and shown to foreign developers and businesses at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

While the sweeping changes to East London have been keenly felt by locals, the symbolism and practicalities of these changes – for the local area, and the world alike – are overdue serious investigation. Regeneration Songs is about how places are turned into simple stories for packaged investment opportunities, how people living in those places relate to those stories, and how music and art can render those stories in many different ways.

The book will also include a download code to obtain the related musical project, Music for Masterplanning – in which musicians from East London soundtracked London’s Regeneration Supernova – and a glossy insert detailing the artists involved.

Contributors include Owen Hatherley, Joy White, Douglas Murphy and Will Jennings.

Item Type: Edited Book
Keywords: regeneration, gentrification, urban, London, East London, Newham, Arc of opportunity, art
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1010 Poetry
Depositing User: Malcolm James
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 09:40
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 10:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79193
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