- By Timothy D. Taylor

Music and Capitalism: A History of the Present

  • Title: Music and Capitalism: A History of the Present
  • Author: Timothy D. Taylor
  • ISBN: 9780226311975
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • Music and Capitalism A History of the Present iTunes Spotify Pandora With these brief words one can map the landscape of music today but these aren t musicians songs or anything else actually musical they are products and brands In this book

    iTunes Spotify Pandora With these brief words one can map the landscape of music today, but these aren t musicians, songs, or anything else actually musical they are products and brands In this book, Timothy D Taylor explores just how pervasively capitalism has shaped music over the last few decades Examining changes in the production, distribution, and consumption oiTunes Spotify Pandora With these brief words one can map the landscape of music today, but these aren t musicians, songs, or anything else actually musical they are products and brands In this book, Timothy D Taylor explores just how pervasively capitalism has shaped music over the last few decades Examining changes in the production, distribution, and consumption of music, he offers an incisive critique of the music industry s shift in focus from creativity to profits, as well as stories of those who are laboring to find and make musical meaning in the shadows of the mainstream cultural industries Taylor explores everything from the branding of musicians to the globalization of music to the emergence of digital technologies in music production and consumption Drawing on interviews with industry insiders, musicians, and indie label workers, he traces both the constricting forces of bottom line economics and the revolutionary emergence of the affordable home studio, the global internet, and the mp3 that have shaped music in different ways A sophisticated analysis of how music is made, repurposed, advertised, sold, pirated, and consumed, Music and Capitalism is a must read for anyone who cares about what they are listening to, how, and why.

    1 thought on “Music and Capitalism: A History of the Present

    1. Full disclosure: I am a former student who has read most of his published output. I am also extremely stingy with my 5-star ratings, especially when it comes to academic texts.Even if you disagree with some or all of Taylor's conclusions, this book is bound to be a resource for scholars with an interest in the relationship between commerce, money, and music over the last 100 years or so. In some ways, I read this book as a massive update and merger of the ideas from all of Taylor's previous mono [...]

    2. This book was a fascinating look at the interactions and intersections of music, money, and late capitalism. I came away with a new and deeper way of looking at the music business and how it all works.

    3. Textbook I had to read for my Global Media class, and now have to write a paper for. It was meh.

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