Music tourism is an increasingly popular practice. Why would people be interested in visiting places related to music? How can something abstract like music lead to tourism, and what makes this activity meaningful to those concerned? In this dissertation these questions are answered by analyzing music tourism as a form of ‘musical topophilia’: creating, developing and celebrating an affective attachment to place through and with music. Interviews with tourists and participant observation of seven examples of music tourism across Europe support and refine this theory. Thereby, this dissertation captures the complex and often quite abstract ways music, place and tourism are connected in practice, showing how and why music literally moves people.

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Keywords Music, Place, Tourism, Music Tourism, Heritage, Nostalgia, Cultural Sociology, Qualitative Methods
Promotor S.L. Reijnders (Stijn) , M.S.S.E. Janssen (Susanne)
Publisher ERMeCC, Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture, Rotterdam
Sponsor This research was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) as part of the project ‘Locating Imagination. An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Literary, Film and Music Tourism’, grant number PR-11-77.
ISBN 978-94-028-0955-8
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Bolderman, S.L. (2018, March 22). Musical Topophilia : A critical analysis of contemporary music tourism. ERMeCC, Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture, Rotterdam. Retrieved from