Conceptualizing Creativity and Strategy in the Work of Professional Songwriters

Long, Paul and Barber, Simon (2017) Conceptualizing Creativity and Strategy in the Work of Professional Songwriters. Popular Music and Society, 40 (5). pp. 556-572. ISSN 0300-7766

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Drawing upon interviews conducted as part of the Sodajerker on Songwriting podcast this paper explores professional songwriting as musical labor. It explores how songwriters conceptualize creativity and what strategies they employ for the delivery of original songs. It argues that individuals evince a faith in their own autonomy in the face of the demands of form and industry, expressing intuitive concepts of inspiration and practical insights into the nature of their work as work. The paper suggests that achieving and maintaining success is affirmed in a conjunction of value that is both economic and aesthetic, personal and public.

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16 August 2017Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: popular music; songwriting; creative labour
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: Paul Long
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2017 17:45
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 16:17

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