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Can Music Make You Sick?

Measuring the Price of Musical Ambition

by Sally Anne Gross, George Musgrave

Can Music Make You Sick?

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Book Description

It is often assumed that creative people are prone to psychological instability, and that this explains apparent associations between cultural production and mental health problems. In their detailed study of recording and performing artists in the British music industry, Sally Anne Gross and George Musgrave turn this view on its head.

By listening to how musicians understand and experience their working lives, this book proposes that whilst making music is therapeutic, making a career from music can be traumatic. The authors show how careers based on an all-consuming passion have become more insecure and devalued. Artistic merit and intimate, often painful, self-disclosures are the subject of unremitting scrutiny and data metrics. Personal relationships and social support networks are increasingly bound up with calculative transactions.

Drawing on original empirical research and a wide-ranging survey of scholarship from across the social sciences, their findings will be provocative for future research on mental health, wellbeing and working conditions in the music industries and across the creative economy. Going beyond self-help strategies, they challenge the industry to make transformative structural change. Until then, the book provides an invaluable guide for anyone currently making their career in music, as well as those tasked with training and educating the next generation.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download Can Music Make You Sick? ebook for free in PDF format (8.9 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Introduction: Special Objects, Special Subjects
Chapter 2
Sanity, Madness and Music
Chapter 3
The Status of Work
Chapter 4
The Status of Value
Chapter 5
The Status of Relationships
Chapter 6
Conclusions: What Do You Believe In?

Book Details

Title
Can Music Make You Sick?
Subject
Sociology and Social Sciences
Publisher
University of Westminster Press
Published
2020
Pages
200
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781912656646
ISBN10
1912656647
ISBN13 Digital
9781912656615
ISBN10 Digital
1912656612
PDF Size
8.9 MB
License
CC BY-NC-ND

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