The Hidden Musicians: Music-Making in an English Town

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A landmark in the study of music and culture, this acclaimed volume documents the remarkable scope of amateur music-making in the English town of Milton Keynes. It presents in vivid detail the contrasting yet overlapping worlds of classical orchestras, church choirs, brass bands, amateur operatic societies, and amateur bands playing jazz, rock, folk, and country. Notable for its contribution to wider theoretical debates and its influential challenge to long-held assumptions about music and how to study it, the ...
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A landmark in the study of music and culture, this acclaimed volume documents the remarkable scope of amateur music-making in the English town of Milton Keynes. It presents in vivid detail the contrasting yet overlapping worlds of classical orchestras, church choirs, brass bands, amateur operatic societies, and amateur bands playing jazz, rock, folk, and country. Notable for its contribution to wider theoretical debates and its influential challenge to long-held assumptions about music and how to study it, the book focuses on the practices rather than the texts or theory of music, rejecting the idea that only selected musical traditions, "great names," or professional musicians are worth studying. This opens the door to the invisible work put in by thousands of local people of diverse backgrounds, and how the pathways creatively trodden by amateur musicians have something to tell us about both urban living and what it is to be human. Now with a new preface by the author, this long-awaited reissue of The Hidden Musicians will bring its insights and innovations to a new generation of students and scholars.

About the Author:
Ruth Finnegan is a visiting research professor and emeritus professor in the faculty of social sciences at the Open University in the U.K.

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“The best academic book on British popular music I’ve ever read.”—Simon Frith, Village Voice

“Urban ethnomusicology at its best.”—Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Lingua Franca

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521360661
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1989
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

RUTH FINNEGAN is a visiting research professor and emeritus professor in the faculty of social sciences at the Open University in the U.K.
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Table of Contents


List of illustrations     ix
Preface to the 2007 edition     xi
Preface     xvii
Acknowledgments     xix
List of abbreviations     xxiii
Introductory     1
The existence and study of local music     3
'Amateur' and 'professional' musicians     12
Introduction to Milton Keynes and its music     19
Musical worlds in Milton Keynes     31
The classical music world at the local level     33
The brass band world     47
The folk music world     58
The world of musical theatre     71
Jazz     78
The country and western world     90
Rock and pop     103
Contrasts and comparisons     131
Learning music     133
Performances and their conditions     143
Composition, creativity and performance     160
Plural worlds     180
The organisation and work of local music     191
Music in the home and school     193
The churches and music     207
Club and pub music     222
Working at it: organisation and administration in music groups - the case of the Sherwood Choir     236
Small working bands and their organisation     255
Resources, rewards and support     273
The significance of local music     295
Pathways in urban living     295
Music, society, humanity     327
A note on methods and presentation     342
Notes     348
References     358
Index     371
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