An examination of the possible motivations, and practical aspects, of late arrival on stage at rock gigs and the ‘expectant void’ that it leaves for the audience.
This week’s guest post is by Steve Waksman, Associate Professor of Music and American Studies at Smith College and author of ‘Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience’ and ‘This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk’.
He is currently researching the history of live music in the U.S. from the 19th century to the present and looks here at how archival material about Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore illustrates changes and tensions in audience behaviour at rock concerts in the 1960s.
This paper aims to examine the cultural heritage of outdoor rock and pop music festivals in Britain since the mid-1960s, and relates it to developments in, and critiques of, corporate sponsorship in the contemporary music festival sector
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.
A guidebook to negotiating the rock circuit- from formation of an act to interacting with agents, managers and promoters, describing what they (along with technical crew) do and notes on how to work successfully with them. Includes sample expenses sheets and details about the flow of money.
An examination of how Britons have tried to find a distinctive musical voice and how musicians in Britain and its former colonies have proposed ‘national’ musics – analyses a wide range of genres and debates to emphasise music a generator of value and identity.
The second of three books detailing the history of live music in Britain since 1950.