Music Scenes: Local, Translocal, and Virtual / Edition 1

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These fourteen original essays examine the fascinating world of music scenes, those largely inconspicuous sites where clusters of musicians, producers, and fans explore their common musical tastes and distinctive lifestyle choices. Although most music scenes come and go with hardly a trace, they nevertheless give immense satisfaction to their participants, and a few—New York bop jazz, Merseybeat, Memphis rockabilly, London punk, Bronx hip-hop—achieve fame and spur musical innovations. To date, serious study of the scenes phenomenon has focused mainly on specific music scenes while paying less attention to recurrent dynamics of scene life, such as how individuals construct and negotiate scenes to the various activities. This volume remedies that neglect.

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A pleasant, even voyeuristic glimpse into an assortment of largely closed worlds.
No Depression

. . . will go down well with readers who are fascinated by the inexplicable power that music has to attract strange bedfellows, or who simply enjoy different kinds of music.
ForeWord Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826514516
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 6/11/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,527,392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Andy Bennett is lecturer in sociology at the University of Surrey. He is the author of Popular Music and Youth Culture: Music, Identity and Place and Cultures of Popular Music. With Kevin Dawe, he co-edited Guitar Cultures.

Richard A. Peterson is professor emeritus of sociology at Vanderbilt University, and founding chair of the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association. His books include The Production of Culture, Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity, and The Sounds of Social Change: Studies in Popular Culture, co-edited with R. Serge Denisoff.

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Table of Contents


Introducing Music Scenes
Richard A. Peterson and Andy Bennett

Jazz Places
Howard Becker

Part I: Local Scenes

1. The Symbolic Economy of Authenticity in the Chicago Blues Scene
David Grazian

2. Behind the Rave: Structure and Agency in a Rave Scene
Ken Spring

3. "Scenes" Dimensions of Karaoke in the U.S.
Rob Drew

4. "Tween Scene": Resistance within the Mainstream
Melany Lowe

5. "Doin' It Right": Contested Authenticity in London's Salsa Scene
Norman Urquia

Part II: Translocal Scenes

6. "Riot Grrrl Is . . .": Contestation over Meaning in a Music Scene
Kristin Schilt

7. Translocal Connections in the Goth Scene
Paul Hodkinson

8. Music Festivals as Scenes: Examples from Serious Music, Womyn's Music, and Skate Punk
Timothy J. Dowd, Kathleen Liddle, and Jenna Nelson

9. "Not For Sale": The Underground Network of Anarcho-Punk
Tim Gosling

Part III: Virtual Scenes

10. Internet-Based Virtual Music Scenes: The Case of P2 in Alt.Country Music
Steve S. Lee and Richard A. Peterson

11. New Tales from Canterbury: The Making of a Virtual Scene
Andy Bennett

12. The Fanzine Discourse over Post-rock
James A. Hodgkinson

13. Kate Bush: Teen Pop and Older Female Fans
Laura Vroomen

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