Music Scenes: Local, Translocal and Virtual

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Andy Bennett, Richard A. Peterson
Vanderbilt University Press, 2004 - Music - 264 pages
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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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Editors Bennett (sociology, Univ. of Surrey, U.K.; Popular Music and Youth Culture) and Peterson (sociology, emeritus, Vanderbilt Univ.; The Production of Culture) bring impressive credentials to ... Read full review


Introducing Music Scenes
Jazz Places
The Symbolic Economy of Authenticity in the Chicago Blues Scene
Behind the Rave Structure and Agency in a Rave Scene
Scenes Dimensions of Karaoke in the United States
Tween Scene Resistance within the Mainstream
Doin It Right Contested Authenticity in Londons Salsa Scene
Riot Grrrl Is The Contestation over Meaning in a Music Scene
Music Festivals as Scenes Examples from Serious Music Womyns Music and SkatePunk
Not For Sale The Underground Network of AnarchoPunk
Internetbased Virtual Music Scenes The Case of P2 in AltCountry Music
New Tales from Canterbury The Making of a Virtual Scene
The Fanzine Discourse over Postrock
Kate Bush Teen Pop and Older Female Fans

Translocal Connections in the Goth Scene

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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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