Peak Music Experiences : a New Perspective on Popular Music, Identity and Scenes /

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Green, Ben


p.1 online resource (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01055975, (OCoLC)fst01071460, Aspect social, Aspect social., Australia, Australie, bisacsh, Expériences paroxystiques., fast, Genres & Styles, History & Criticism., Music, Musique populaire, Peak experiences., Popular music, Social aspects, Social aspects., Social Science, Sociology


Includes bibliographical references and index.Peak music experiences are a recurring feature of popular music journalism, biography and fan culture, where they are often credited as pivotal in people's relationships with music and in their lives more generally. Ben Green investigates the phenomenon from a social and cultural perspective, including discussions of peak music experiences as sources of inspiration and influence; as a core motivation for ongoing musical and social activity; the significance of live music experiences; and the key role of peak music experiences in defining and perpetuating music scenes. The book draws from both global media analysis and situated ethnographic research in the dance, hip hop, indie and rock n' roll music scenes of Brisbane, Australia, including participant observation and in-depth interviews. These case studies demonstrate the methodological value of peak music experiences as a lens through which to understand individual and collective musical life. The theoretical analysis is interwoven with selected interview data, illuminating the profound and everyday ways that music informs people's lives. The book will therefore be of interest to the interdisciplinary field of popular music studies as well as sociology and cultural studies beyond the study of music.Dr Ben Green is a cultural sociologist with interests in popular music and youth studies. He is a member of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and teaches at Griffith University. Ben's work exploring musical experience in memory, identity and belonging has been published in journals including Sociology, Popular Music and Journal of Sociology and in edited books including The Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage.Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 15, 2021).