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Live Concert Performance: An Ecological Approach

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Adam Behr



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For the last decade we have been engaged in the study of the history, economics, and sociology of live music in Britain. In this article we will consider the value of “ecology” as an analytic concept (rather than just a buzzword) and compare an ecological account of the setting in which music happens to the use of previous spatial metaphors, from Durkheim’s milieus to Straw’s scenes. To illustrate our argument, we present case studies of three Scottish concerts: one in a small-scale venue (Glasgow’s King Tut’s), one in a mid-size venue (Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall), and one in a large-scale venue, the 12,000-seater SSE Hydro.

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Author(s): Behr A, Brennan M, Cloonan M, Frith S, Webster E

Publication type: Article

Journal: Rock Music Studies

Year: 2016

Volume: 3

Issue: 1

Pages: 5-23

Online publication date: 26/01/2016

Acceptance date: 04/12/2015

Print publication date: 26/01/2016

ISSN (print): 1940-1159

ISSN (electronic): 1940-1167

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/19401159.2015.1125633


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