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  1. Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music
    Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music
    Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music
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  2. Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music

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Why do some music styles gain mass popularity while others thrive in small niches? Banding Together explores this question and reveals the attributes that together explain the growth of twentieth-century American popular music. Drawing on a vast array of examples from sixty musical styles--ranging from rap and bluegrass to death metal and South Texas polka, and including several created outside the United States--Jennifer Lena uncovers the shared grammar that allows us to understand the cultural language and evolution of popular music.

What are the common economic, organizational, ideological, and aesthetic traits among contemporary genres? Do genres follow patterns in their development? Lena discovers four dominant forms--Avant-garde, Scene-based, Industry-based, and Traditionalist--and two dominant trajectories that describe how American pop music genres develop. Outside the United States there exists a fifth form: the Government-purposed genre, which she examines in the music of China, Serbia, Nigeria, and Chile. Offering a rare analysis of how music communities operate, she looks at the shared obstacles and opportunities creative people face and reveals the ways in which people collaborate around ideas, artworks, individuals, and organizations that support their work.


Jennifer C. Lena
Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I think we are living in a golden age in the study of cultural production. Jenn Lena's book, Banding Together, is a wonderful discussion of how musical scenes form and grow. It has really helped my clarify my thinking about how people get together and produce cultural or intellectual products. The model, I think, can be generalized to other fields as well. Definitely should be read by social scientists interested in markets and culture, as well as music fans who enjoy an analytical approach to the art.
This is an important book in the tradition of Sociology of Arts and Sociology of Culture. Within the Sociology of Art tradition, it is a direct heir of Pete Peterson's effort to understand how genres evolve (trajectories) and the concrete social millieus driving these trajectories. Lena does a great job in advancing this effort by proposing a new taxonomy (Avant-Garde, Scene-based, Industry-based and Traditionalist genres). In the Sociology of Culture tradition, she builts on the efforts of DiMaggio and other sociologists, and proposes a model on classification systems. I believe that this book builds solid bridges between this two fields. A must read for scholars on both disciplines.
Good read for those interested in Sociology and/or music. Can sometimes be a difficult read and requires attention as its written from a very academic frame but the author invests in carefully detailing her taxonomy for the reader. Examples given are varied and will allow most readers to learn about a style they've never considered or consider one they know in a different way.
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