York Music Stories Project

We are pleased to announce a collaboration between the York Music Venues Network and York Centre for Writing at York St John University on a new book celebrating York Music Stories. During this quiet time of postponed shows and empty venues, we wanted to make the most of it and reflect on the effect that music has on our lives and it’s importance to our culture and well being. We want to collect these amazing memories and show the best of York’s music scene, past and present , and we need your contributions to form the basis of a book, published to support local music venues in York.

​This project is in two parts. Primarily we are collating your stories, memories and thoughts about music in York for possible publication in a book to chart the past and present for music in the city in all its forms.

We are looking for your music related stories, thoughts, memories and observations about current and past music in the city. This might include but are not limited to:

Sound systems
Club nights
Record stores
Unlikely venues
Meeting your heroes

If you would like to contribute, please send words under any heading to the email address below. We’d also like to see any pictures that you have that illustrate music in York, including pictures of ticket stubs, flyers, shots of gigs, long lost venues, your best mate upside down in a bass bin, etc. (Send as many contributions as you like.)

Email address: yorkmusicstories@gmail.com

Visit us on Facebook at York Music Stories https://www.facebook.com/groups/199031735323337 and Twitter @StoriesYork


We are also working on a broader research project which is examining the structure of narrative memory when remembering music. In practice this means a process of textual analysis of your memories as they are recounted.

  • The process of collating your stories and memories (data collection) will be primarily done by one to one or small group discussions using Zoom, Messenger or Teams. We will transcribe elements of your memories and the transcriptions will be used for analysis and for publication.
  • This project is entirely voluntary any you can withdraw at any stage prior to the completion of the project by emailing the principal researcher.
  • Any personal information presented will be anonymised and kept securely on the University IT system for the period of the research project. No personal data will be used to identify you in the analytical research project.
  • You will be sent ‘proofs’ of your contribution to the book for approval and for confirmation that you are happy to be included.


  • The first from the project will be the completion of the ongoing York Music Stories publication in support of independent music venues in York. This will form a printed publication.
  • The second outcome of this project will be research paper analysing anonymised memories of live music in independent venues. This will be published in an academic journal.
  • The third outcome of the above is to build a research base to continue work in support of live music and other cultural events in York.


Principal Researcher:

Dr Robert Edgar | Associate Professor: York Centre for Writing | York St John University |

Lord Mayors Walk | York | YO31 7EX | 01904 876958 | r.edgar@yorksj.ac.uk

(Please refer any questions about the project to the principal researcher)


Research Ethics Approval Code:  HUM-CW-RE-02-21-01

Participant information can be found at this link:https://yorksj-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/r_edgar_yorksj_ac_uk/EbXfpp_agARNkqoI4zIn29ABDL8NruUoGwwcmWqeKKYwMA?e=eMGtau