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
6 December 2018Published
Subjects: 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: Simon Barber
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 09:35
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 16:17

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