This book delineates and discusses rock culture in Liverpool as a way or style of life, highlighting its associated conventions, rituals, norms, and beliefs within the city’s own unique social, economic, cultural, and political environment. It deals with the hitherto little explored music-making by ‘local’, ‘amateur’ rock bands.
Based on of ethnographic research amid Springsteen’s fans, and informed by the author’s own experiences as a fan, this is an interdisciplinary study of the ways in which ordinary people form special, sustained attachments to a particular artist and his songs, and of how these attachments function in their lives.
Autobiography of producer, club promoter and tour manager Joe Boyd – details his experiences of working with big names like Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and Pink Floyd, as well as portraitss of figures from jazz and folk. A first hand account of the music scene in the 1960s.
An oral history of the Glastonbury Festival old in the words of everyone involved with the festival, from Michael and Emily Eavis and Arabella Churchill to Glastonbury village residents and local policemen and a wealth of celebrity contributions.
Based on interviews with a broad range of jazz musicians and promoters, this report highlights the quality, quantity and diversity of jazz that is performed and promoted in the North West of England.
General reflections on music festivals from a live music promotion practitioner, focusing on his experiences of Bath Festival.
A paper illustrating how organisations can operate in the live music sphere with practices and ideologies distinct from commercial live music promoters, using Dublin’s Hope Collective as a case study.
Paper discussing heavy metal and ‘moshing’ as being part of a ‘civilising process’, part of the process of informalisation and reflecting society’s increasing need for excitement.
Paper exploring the processes of mediating amplified sound waves with a particular focus on sound engineers at festivals.
Study on live music promoters, based on ethnographic research in Glasgow, Sheffield, and Bristol.