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The history of drummers as workers

Matt BrennanUniversity of Glasgow [This blog post is excerpted from the author’s book, Kick It: A Social History of the Drum Kit (Oxford University Press, 2020).] Q: What’s the difference between a drummer and a savings...

Musicians, Labor, and COVID19

David Arditi University of Texas at Arlington When states and localities shutdown all gatherings over 10 people, the impact was devastating on musicians’ lives and many supporting workers in the entertainment industry. However, I...

Researching Musical Work While in Lockdown 

Andrew Chatora Birmingham City University Since the 20th of March 2020, following the World Health Organisation (WHO) designating Covid-19 a global pandemic, most countries immediately went into lockdown, including the United Kingdom, my home...

Live music taking place before COVID-19. Source: Daniel Lee.

Coronavirus, the cultural catalyst

Daniel Lee, William Baker and Nick Haywood University of Tasmania Social distancing has been introduced in many parts of the world as a preventative response to the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a...

What streaming does to musical work

By Nuné Nikoghosyan University of Geneva While streaming first appeared in the early 2000s and has become an everyday activity, a sociologist of music can’t help but question the reality of streaming services and...

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