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Live Music Exchange Digest – w/c 06/08/2012


Welcome to our new weekly digest of news and events in industry, academia and more.

This week’s Live Music Exchange blog post:

Live Music 101 # 2  The political economy of live music: first thoughts – Simon Frith
In the second of the ‘Live Music 101’ series of blog posts detailing the themes and ideas that developed over the course of the initial live music project, Simon Frith examines the political economy of live music, and defines two basic models of performance as a starting point with which to examine the economic transactions between artist, venue, audience, and promoter.

Live music and the live music industry in the news:

London Pleasure Gardens falls into administration

McCartney and co paid £1 each for opening ceremony work

London Olympics 2012: Musicians Aren’t Being Paid To Perform, UK Union Says

British Olympic Ceremony music sales soar by 185%


Tiësto named highest earning DJ in the world

As Leeds United test policing costs, WOMAD plans to go police free

Secretsundaze Go Bang! moves from London Pleasure Gardens


Arts Council award £43m funding

Cameron urges overseas investors to back UK arts

European arts cuts: France threatens to pull plug on creatives’ special benefits


The great rock’n’roll swindlers are still cashing in – ticket tout debate continues

Welsh National Opera oboist was unfairly dismissed


Robert F.X. Sillerman Expands EDM Assetts. Acquires DayGlow

Leading musicians including Jarvis Cocker and Pete Townshend protest over arrest of punk band Pussy Riot

Czech court grants bail to metal band Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe in fan death case

Fans pepper sprayed at free Trash Talk show in Los Angeles

Storm temporarily halts Lollapalooza festival

Two Die at IDentity Fest; Jason Aldean, Tenacious D Concerts Marred by Violence

Polish groups protest over Madonna’s Warsaw show

Philadelphia Orchestra safe from bankruptcy

Selected features and comment:

Pussy Riot: ‘Russian courts are boring … but this week it’s been like an American movie’: Pyotr Verzilov, husband of Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolonnikova, gives a diary account of the trial

How rave music conquered America: Simon Reynolds in The Guardian gives an account of how electronic dance music has broken through to the mainstream, big bucks and a high profile in the US

Syrian conflict finds a voice in hip-hop: A report on the place of hip-hop in the Syrian uprising

The technology letting music festivals rock: The BBC gives an insight into the new technologies that are shaping and changing music festivals

One More Live and Unsigned Story: Bristol writer Sam Saunders with an account of how the Live and Unsigned competition treats its entrants

And finally, comedian Stewart Lee on the dangers of conglomeration at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by the big four comedy promoters: Stewart Lee: the slow death of the Edinburgh Fringe


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