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Imagining Strawberry Fields as a place of pilgrimage

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Abstract:

This paper examines the significance of Strawberry Fields, the memorial to John Lennon in Central Park, New York City, as a place of secular pilgrimage. Situated within postmodern conceptualizations of secular pilgrimage, Strawberry Fields is shown to be the spatial focus of a variety of discourses related to John Lennon's life and music. Furthermore, this paper illustrates how autobiography as a qualitative research method can reveal the sentiments that motivate particular pilgrims to places associated with major figures in popular music.

Keywords: Beatles; geographies of music; memorial landscapes

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-4762.00248

Affiliations: Department of Geography, Kent State University, Ohio, USA, Email: rjkruse@kent.edu

Publication date: 2003-06-01

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