Musicians in Crisis: Working and Playing in the Greek Popular Music Industry, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Musicians in Crisis

Working and Playing in the Greek Popular Music Industry, 1st Edition

By Ioannis Tsioulakis


224 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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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

  1. Introduction: Doing Music Ethnography in Greece
  2. Becoming a ‘Pro’: Skills, Strategies and Success
  3. A Community of Experience: Intimacies, Ideologies and Discourses
  4. Power and Performative Classes
  5. Locating the Music Precariat in the Greek Crisis
  6. Ways Out: Teaching, Artisanship and Micro-Scenes
  7. Epilogue: Musicians (always) in Crisis

About the Author

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.

About the Series

SOAS Studies in Music

SOAS Studies in Music is today one of the world’s leading series in the discipline of ethnomusicology. Our core mission is to produce high-quality, ethnographically rich studies of music-making in the world’s diverse musical cultures. We publish monographs and edited volumes that explore musical repertories and performance practice, critical issues in ethnomusicology, sound studies, historical and analytical approaches to music across the globe. We recognize the value of applied, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and our authors draw on current approaches in musicology and anthropology, psychology, media and gender studies. We welcome monographs that investigate global contemporary, classical and popular musics, the effects of digital mediation and transnational flows.


Editorial Board

Professor Kwasi Ampene

University of Michigan, USA

Professor Linda Barwick

University of Sydney, AU

Dr. Angela Impey

SOAS University of London, UK

Professor Travis A. Jackson

University of Chicago, USA

Professor Noriko Manabe

Temple University, USA

Dr. Moshe Morad

Tel Aviv University, IL

Professor Suzel Reily

Universidade Estadual de Campinas, BR

Professor Henry Spiller

University California - Davis, USA

Professor Martin Stokes

Kings College London, UK

Professor Richard Widdess

SOAS University of London, UK

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General