On Becoming a Rock Musician by H. Stith BennettOn Becoming a Rock Musician by H. Stith Bennett

On Becoming a Rock Musician

byH. Stith BennettIntroduction byHoward Becker

Paperback | May 30, 2017

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In the 1960s and 1970s, becoming a rock musician was different than playing other kinds of music. It was a learned rather than taught skill. In On Becoming a Rock Musician, sociologist H. Stith Bennett observes what makes a rock musician and then persuades others to take him seriously. The book explores how bands form; the backstage and on-stage reality of playing in a band; how bands promote themselves and interact with an audience and music professionals, such as DJs; and the role of performance.

H. Stith Bennett has taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Washington, the University of Missouri, and Colorado Women's College. He now lives off-the-grid in a cabin in Colorado, where he writes his own prose, poems, and songs.
Title:On Becoming a Rock MusicianFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pagesPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231182856

ISBN - 13:9780231182850

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Legacy EditionPrefaceA Guide for the ReaderAcknowledgmentsPart I. Group Dynamics1. Introduction2. Group Definition and Redefinition Part II. Rock Ecology3. Instruments and "the Outside World" 4. Equipment and the Band Van 5. Gigs Part III. Mastering the Technological Component6. Technology and The Music 7. The Realities of Practice Part IV. Performance: Aesthetics and the Technological Imperative8. Playing 9. "Other People's Music" AfterwordAppendix: Loudness and Equalization Notes Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

At long last back in print and with an introduction by Howard Becker! This book is indispensable for any ethnomusicology of contemporary pop music. H. Stith Bennett brings the resources of phenomenology to the sociology of pop and rock music, meaning not only field work but method. Bennett's celebrated notion of recording consciousness is the key to Becoming a Rock Musician, yet the book as a whole shows the reader how ethnomusicology is done.