Title The Hidden Musicians: Music-making In An English Town.
Book Condition Softcover. Brand new book.
Edition Reprint Edition with a New Preface.
Publisher Wesleyan University Press, Hanover: 2007.
0819568538 / 9780819568533
Seller ID 47836X2
A classic ethnography reveals the worlds of amateur musicians. Back in print with a new preface. A landmark in the study of music and culture, this acclaimed volume documents the remarkable scope of amateur music-making in the English town of Milton Keynes. It presents in vivid detail the contrasting yet overlapping worlds of classical orchestras, church choirs, brass bands, amateur operatic societies, and amateur bands playing jazz, rock, folk, and country. Notable for its contribution to wider theoretical debates and its influential challenge to long-held assumptions about music and how to study it, the book focuses on the practices rather than the texts or theory of music, rejecting the idea that only selected musical traditions, "great names," or professional musicians are worth studying. This opens the door to the invisible work put in by thousands of local people of diverse backgrounds, and how the pathways creatively trodden by amateur musicians have something to tell us about both urban living and what it is to be human. Now with a new preface by the author, this long-awaited reissue of The Hidden Musicians will bring its insights and innovations to a new generation of students and scholars. The contents of this book is as follows: List of Illustrations • Preface • Acknowledgments • List of abbreviations • INTRODUCTORY • The existence and study of local music • 'Amateur' and 'professional' musicians • Introduction to Milton Keynes and its music • MUSICAL WORLDS IN MILTON KEYNES • The classical music world at the local level • The brass band world • The folk music world • The world of musical theatre • Jazz • The country and western world • Rock and pop • CONTRASTS AND COMPARISONS • Learning music • Performances and their conditions • Composition, creativity and performance • Plural worlds • THE ORGANISATION AND WORK OF LOCAL MUSIC • Music in the home and school • The churches and music • Club and pub music • Working at it: organisation and administration in music groups—the case of the Sherwood Choir • Small working bands and their organisation • Resources, rewards and support • THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LOCAL MUSIC • Pathways in urban living • Music, society, humanity • Appendix: A note on methods and presentation • Notes • References • Index. "The best academic book on British popular music I've ever read."—Simon Frith, Village Voice
(Key Words: Anthropology, Jazz, Amateur Musicians, Ethnography, Ruth Finnegan, Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom, Popular Music).