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Title:Marginal formations and the production of culture: The case of college music
Author(s):Kruse, Holly Cecilia
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Grossberg, Lawrence
Department / Program:Communication
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):American Studies
Mass Communications
Abstract:During the 1980s, college music--music disseminated over the air waves of college radio stations and/or produced in college environments--emerged onto the national (and international) scene; it earned its own trade paper, the College Music Journal, its own chart in Rolling Stone, and it became the subject of music industry seminars. Today, local and regional scenes abound with low-budget fanzines which help to create identities for unknowns, and with artists who put out records on independent record labels or on their own.
This thesis combines political economy, the social thought of Pierre Bourdieu, and notions of space and place to examine "college music formations": the economic, social, and geographical entities in which shared cultural, economic, and social practices and knowledge are circulated among fans, bands, and business people. The lived experiences of interviewees located at a range of alternative music sites are used to construct a narrative of college music history, and these interviewees also point to the difficulties of defining "college music" as genre. The institutions of college music production (both independent and major labels, and their relationships to each other) are examined, as are four sites of college music distribution: radio, video, retail, and live venues. Radio stations disseminate college music over the airwaves, while retail stores and live performance venues are the primary physical spaces in which college music is disseminated. All three kinds of sites are interconnected within localities through networks of economic relationships.
The problematic of gender and the social relationships that both define and are created by college music scenes are also discussed. In particular, this thesis looks at how college music formations are constituted within social and physical space.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Kruse, Holly Cecilia
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9543635
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9543635

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