My Jazz World: The Rise and Fall of a Digital Utopia

Barber, Simon (2018) My Jazz World: The Rise and Fall of a Digital Utopia. In: The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies. Routledge Music Companions . Routledge, New York, pp. 455-464. ISBN 9781138231160

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This chapter presents a study of an online community organised around sharing digital versions of hard-to-find jazz records. Drawing on the political economy of file-sharing, and specifically gift economies, I examine how and why tastemakers in such communities produce, prepare and distribute music, and the rituals of reward and reciprocation involved. I use the imagined perfection of a ‘digital utopia’ to interrogate the discourses of fans, artists and critics as tensions are revealed between the value of ‘MP3 blogs’ as venues for taste-making and as archives, versus the ethical, moral and industrial complexities they engender for rights owners and other vested interests.

Item Type: Book Section
Date: 6 December 2018
Subjects: P300 Media studies
W300 Music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Media and English > Birmingham School of Media > Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Depositing User: Simon Barber
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 09:35
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2019 09:35

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