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Playing to the crowd : musicians, audiences, and the intimate work of connection

Author: Nancy K Baym
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Postmillennial pop.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Playing to the Crowd explores and explains how the rise of digital communication platforms has transformed artist-fan relationships into something more intimate. Through in-depth interviews with musicians such as the Cure, UB40, and Throwing Muses, Nancy K. Baym reveals how new media has facilitated connections through the active participation of both the artists and their devoted digital fan base. Before the rise  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy K Baym
ISBN: 9781479896165 1479896160 9781479821587 1479821586
OCLC Number: 1004769530
Description: ix, 253 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the intimate work of connection --
Part I. Music --
Music as communication --
Music as commodity --
Part II. Participation --
Audiences --
Participatory boundaries --
Part III. Relationships --
Platforms --
Relational boundaries --
Conclusion: staying human.
Series Title: Postmillennial pop.
Responsibility: Nancy K. Baym.

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"Playing to the Crowd explores and explains how the rise of digital communication platforms has transformed artist-fan relationships into something more intimate. Through in-depth interviews with musicians such as the Cure, UB40, and Throwing Muses, Nancy K. Baym reveals how new media has facilitated connections through the active participation of both the artists and their devoted digital fan base. Before the rise of online sharing and user-generated content, audiences were mostly seen as undifferentiated masses, often mediated through record labels and the press. Today, musicians and fans have built more active relationships through social media, fan sites, and artist sites, giving them a new sense of intimacy, while offering artists unparalleled access to and information about their audiences. But this comes at a price. For audiences, meeting their heroes can kill the mystique. And for artists, maintaining active relationships with so many people can be labor intensive and emotionally draining. Drawing on her own rich history as a deeply connected music fan, Baym offers an entirely new approach to media culture, arguing that the work musicians put into maintaining these intimate relationships reflects the demands of the gig economy, one which requires resources and strategies that we all music come to recognize"--Publisher's description.

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"Baym's enthusiasm and experience makes this academic study accessible to professional musicians as well as musicology and communication scholars."-Library Journal "Nancy K. Baym's Playing to the Read more...

 
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