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Musicians and Their Audiences : Performance, Speech and Mediation (Hardcover) (Ioannis Tsioulakis)
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How do musicians play and talk to audiences? Why do audiences listen and what happens when they talk back? How do new (and old) technologies affect this interplay? This book presents a long overdue examination of the turbulent relationship between musicians and audiences. Key contributions of this book are its global focus and its interdisciplinary nature. Focusing on areas as diverse as Ireland, Greece, India, Malta, the US and Iran, the contributors bring musicological, sociological, psychological and anthropological approaches to the interaction between performers, fans, and the industry that mediates them. The four parts of the book each address a different stage of the relationship between musicians and audiences, showing its processable nature: from conceptualisation to performance, and through mediation to off-stage discourses. The musician/audience conceptual division is shown, throughout the book, to be as problematic as it is persistent.