Ever since the late 1950s, people have grown up with popular music as an important element of their daily lives. In my dissertation I explored the connections between popular music memories, cultural identity and cultural heritage, looking at the different ways in which popular music is remembered and evokes memories. In so doing, the dissertation examined the various memory practices of the cultural and heritage industries, ranging from the bottom-up activities of music preservation by fans to institutional forms of popular music heritage in museums. The studies presented in this work draw on interviews with heritage practitioners, cultural industry workers and music audiences. The research reveals the meanings of popular music memories for the cultural identities of individuals and communities. It also demonstrates how these memories enable a sense of self and identity and time and place.

My publications about popular music memories:


Peer-reviewed articles

Book chapters

  • Van der Hoeven, A. (2018). Songs that resonate: the uses of popular music nostalgia. In S. Baker, C. Strong, L.  Istvandity, and Z. Cantillon (eds.). The Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage (pp. 238-246). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Van der Hoeven, A., Janssen, S., & Driessen, S. (2017). Articulations of identity and distinction: The meanings of language in Dutch popular music. In: A. Bennett and S. Janssen (Eds.), Popular Music, Cultural Memory, and Heritage (pp. 42-57). Abingdon: Routledge. [This is a reprint of an earlier published journal article.]
  • Brandellero, A., Van der Hoeven, A. & Janssen, S. (2015). Valuing popular music heritage: exploring amateur and fan-based preservation practices in museums and archives in the Netherlands. In S. Baker (Ed.), Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do-it- Yourself, Do-it-Together (pp. 31-45). London: Routledge.


  • Van der Hoeven, A. (2015). Streektaalmuziek in Nederland [Regional language music in the Netherlands]. http://www.streektaalzang.nl. Journal of World Popular Music, 2(1), 135-141.

Professional publications, reports and blogs (Dutch)

  • Van der Hoeven, A.  (2011). Knokken voor het levenslied: De voortdurende strijd van etherpiraten voor het Nederlandstalige lied.Boekman 88 Volkscultuur?, 69-75.