Musicians in Crisis: Working and Playing in the Greek Popular Music Industry spans two contrasting periods in Greece: the last few years of relative economic prosperity and social cohesion (2005-2009) and the following period of austerity and socio-political turmoil (2010-2016). It examines musicians in Athens and compares the lifestyle of musicians before and during the infamous recent economic and political crisis. Through this progression, the ethnography shows how popular musicians navigate their careers, ideas, and subjective experiences in ‘regular’ as well as ‘extraordinary’ circumstances on their everyday experience, as well as the actions and solidarities that help them to resist personal and collective devastation. Through these rich and emotional testimonies from the labourers of an industrious popular music scene, Musicians in Crisis challenges popular narratives of the Greek predicament as they are reported by political and financial elites through international media.
Table of Contents
- Introduction: Doing Music Ethnography in Greece
- Becoming a ‘Pro’: Skills, Strategies and Success
- A Community of Experience: Intimacies, Ideologies and Discourses
- Power and Performative Classes
- Locating the Music Precariat in the Greek Crisis
- Ways Out: Teaching, Artisanship and Micro-Scenes
- Epilogue: Musicians (always) in Crisis
Dr. Ioannis Tsioulakis is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Ethnomusicology at Queen’s University Belfast. He recently co-edited a volume entitled Musicians and their Audiences: Performance, Speech and Mediation (with Elina Hytönen-Ng, Routledge 2017), and has published numerous articles and chapters on Greek jazz music, cosmopolitanism and music professionalism.