Introduction to a special issue of Social Semiotics dedicated to ‘the business of live music’. Outlines the contents and provides links to free articles from the journal
Presents ethnographic work on open mic nights in Edinburgh, a hitherto under examined activity that lies in the hinterland of professional live music and serves as a junction between professional and amateur practice. Details implicit and explicit codes of behaviour and a typology of different nights.
This research addresses the conflicting views of the health of folk music clubs using interviews with artists, agents, and folk club organisers/promoters.