Researching Live Music. Gigs, Tours, Concerts and Festivals (eds. Chris Anderton, Sergio Pisfil)

Researching Live Music offers an important contribution to the emergent field of live music studies.

Featuring paradigmatic case studies, this book is split into four parts, first addressing perspectives associated with production, then promotion and consumption, and finally policy. The contributors to the book draw on a range of methodological and theoretical positions to provide a critical resource that casts new light on live music processes and shows how live music events have become central to raising and discussing broader social and cultural issues. Their case studies expand our knowledge of how live music events work and extend beyond the familiar contexts of the United States and United Kingdom to include examples drawn from Argentina, Australia, France, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Poland.

Researching Live Music is the first comprehensive review of the different ways in which live music can be studied as an interdisciplinary field, including innovative approaches to the study of historic and contemporary live music events. It represents a crucial reading for professionals, students, and researchers working in all aspects of live music.

Table of Contents

Live Music Studies in Perspective Chris Anderton and Sergio Pisfil

PART I: Promotion

Festivals, Free and Unfree: Alex Cooley and the American Rock Festival Steve Waksman

As Long As They Go Home Safe: The Voice of the Independent Music Festival Promoter Danny Hagan

Under the Cover of Darkness: Situating “Covers Gigs” within Live Music Ecologies Pat O’Grady

Showcase Festivals as a Gateway to Foreign Markets Patryk Galuszka

Disruption and Continuity: Covid-19, Live Music, and Cyclic Sociality Chris Anderton

PART II: Production

Live Sound Matters Christopher James Dahlie, Jos Mulder, Sergio Pisfil, and Nick Reeder

Mobile Spectacle: Es Devlin’s Pandemonium Tour Design Glyn Davis

Fulfilling the Hospitality Rider: Working Practices and Issues in a Tour’s Supply Chain Gabrielle Kielich

Vocaloid Liveness? Hatsune Miku and the Live Production of the Japanese Virtual Idol Concerts Kimi Kärki

Part III: Consumption

Making Music Public: What Would a Sociology of Live Music Promotion Look Like? Loïc Riom

Dead Stars Live: Exploring Holograms, Liveness, and Authenticity Kenny Forbes

Live … as You’ve Always Heard It Before: Classic Rock, Technology, and the Re-positioning of Authenticity in Live Music Performance Andy Bennett

Approaching the Live from a Distance: The Unofficial Led Zeppelin Archive Stephen Loy

Part IV: Policy

Music Cities, or Cities of Music? Christina Ballico and Dave Carter

State of Play: Tensions and Interventions in Live Music Policy Adam Behr

“Por Más Músicas Mujeres en Vivo!”: The Live Music Female Quota Law and Its Implications for Argentine Music Festivals Sarah Lahasky

Beyond Live Shows: Regulation and Innovation in the French Live Music Video Economy

Gérôme Guibert, Michaël Spanu, and Catherine Rudent

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