Live concert performance: an ecological approach

Behr, A., Brennan, M. , Cloonan, M., Frith, S. and Webster, E. (2016) Live concert performance: an ecological approach. Rock Music Studies, 3(1), pp. 5-23. (doi:10.1080/19401159.2015.1125633)

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cloonan, Professor Martin and Behr, Mr Adam and Brennan, Dr Matt
Authors: Behr, A., Brennan, M., Cloonan, M., Frith, S., and Webster, E.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Rock Music Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1940-1167
Published Online:26 January 2016

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