Singer-Songwriters and Musical Open Mics (Ashgate Popular by Marcus Aldredge

By Marcus Aldredge

Singer-Songwriters and Musical Open Mics is an ethnographic exploration of recent York City’s reside song occasions the place musicians signup and practice brief units. This sociological learn dispels the typical assumption that open mics are culturally monolithic and reserved for beginner musicians. Open mics permit musicians at diverse destinations inside of their musical improvement and occupation to interactively practice, perform, and community with different musicians. very important issues within the ebook comprise: the stress among self and society within the artistic method, problems with inventive authenticity and authorship, and on-going cultural adjustments crucial to the selfmade cultural zeitgeist of the early twenty first century. The open mic’s cultural antecedents contain a radio structure, folks hootenannies, and the jazz jam session.

Drawing from a number of qualitative tools, Aldredge describes how open mics have etched an important organizational position within the western and concrete musical panorama. Open mics symbolize an inventive position the place the bounds of practising and appearing likely blur. this permits for a variety of social settings from extra aggressive, stratified, and homogenous song scenes to culturally diversified weekly occasions frequently stretching overdue into the night.

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