Portland State University. Department of Communication
Leslie A. Rill
Date of Publication
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication
Alternative rock music -- Oregon -- Portland -- History and criticism, Popular music -- Oregon -- Portland -- History and criticism, Group identity -- Oregon -- Portland, Geographical perception -- Oregon -- Portland
1 online resource (iii, 118 pages)
This study looks at how place and local identity of Portland are described within music lyrics from Portland, Oregon popular indie-rock artists. Employing a constant comparative analysis on a set of 1,201 songs from 21 different popular Portland indie-rock artists, the themes of landscapes and climate were found to represent place, and themes of lifestyles and attitudes represented local identity. Reviewing the uncovered themes showed a strong connection between representations of place and local identity within lyrics and common stereotypes or understandings of the city of Portland and its indie-rock music scene. The results of this study illustrate how place and local identity are communicated through popular but locally-tied music lyrics and how these lyrics may describe cities.
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Kearney, Meghan Andrea, "Every Town Is All the Same When You've Left Your Heart in the Portland Rain: Representations of Portland Place and Local Identity in Portland Popular Lyrics" (2013). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1489.