1st Edition

Musical Performance and the Changing City Post-industrial Contexts in Europe and the United States

Edited By Fabian Holt, Carsten Wergin Copyright 2013
    324 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A contribution to the field of urban music studies, this book presents new interdisciplinary approaches to the study of music in urban social life. It takes musical performance as its key focus, exploring how and why different kinds of performance are evolving in contemporary cities in the interaction among social groups, commercial entrepreneurs, and institutions. From conventional concerts in rock clubs to new genres such as the flash mob, the forms and meanings of musical performance are deeply affected by urban social change and at the same time respond to the changing conditions. Music has taken on complex roles in the post-industrial city where culture and cultural consumption have an unprecedented power in defining publics, policies, and marketing strategies. Further, changes in real estate markets and the penetration of new media have challenged even fairly modern music cultures. At the same time, new music cultures have emerged, and music has become a driver for cultural events and festivals, channeling the dynamics of a society characterized by the social change, media intensity, and the neoliberal forces of post-industrial urban contexts. The volume brings together scholars from a broad range of disciplines to build a shared understanding of post-industrial contexts in Europe and the United States. Most directly grounded in contemporary developments in music studies and urban studies, its broad interdisciplinary range serves to strengthen the relevance of urban music studies to fields such as anthropology, sociology, urban geography, and beyond. Offering in-depth studies of changing music culture in concert venues, cultural events, and neighborhoods, contributors visit diverse locations such as Barcelona, Berlin, London, New York, and Austin.

    Section I: Place-Making 1. "From the Big Dig to the Big Gig": Live Music, Urban Regeneration and Social Change in the European Capital of Culture 2008 Sara Cohen 2. Sounding Austin: Live Music, Race, and the Selling of a City Caroline Polk O'Meara and Eliot M. Tretter 3. Sounding out the Cuban Diaspora in Barcelona: Music, Migration and the Urban Experience Iñigo Sánchez Fuarros 4. Destination ‘Three Days Awake’: Cultural Urbanism at a Popular Music Festival Outside the City Carsten Wergin Section II: Scenes and Venues 5. Digital Underground: Musical Spaces and Microscenes in the Post-industrial City David Grazian 6. The Advent of Rock Clubs for the Gentry: Berlin, Copenhagen, and New York Fabian Holt 7. Collectivities and Mixed-Mediations in Amsterdam’s Translocal Jazz Scene Kristin McGee 8. The Quality of Mutuality: Jazz Musicians in the Athenian Popular Music Industry Ioannis Tsioulakis Section III: Nightlife 9. Crowd Solidarity on the Dancefloor in Paris and Berlin Luis-Manuel Garcia 10. The Sound Culture of Dubstep in London Christoph Brunner 11. The Networking Logic of the Post-industrial Music Milieu: A City of London Ethnographic Moment Peter Webb


    Fabian Holt is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Business, and Information Technologies at the University of Roskilde, Denmark

    Carsten Wergin is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany.

    "This new collection from Routledge presents a timely and broad-reaching survey of music performance’s role in the urban setting…Musical Performance and the Changing City presents a rich and descriptive set of case-studies…For students or researchers of the individual cities or scenes described, this will be an invaluable resource…For those squarely interested in urban studies and popular music, this will prove more interesting, indeed essential." –Ian Rogers, RMIT University, Journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music