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No Spectators! The art of participation, from Burning Man to boutique festivals in Britain

The Pop Festival : History, Music, Media, Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Scholarly Books

...By examining the American event Burning Man and a selection of festivals that have drawn influence from its approach to production, this chapter shows how British festivals have adapted and integrated a ‘No Spectators’ ethos. I discuss...

Beat Happening's Beat Happening

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

33 1/3 Books

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...This is the album that sent a shockwave of empowerment through the nation’s cultural underground. In 1985, Olympia, Washington band Beat Happening released their eponymous debut of lo-fi pop songs on K Records and challenged every...
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...The Washington-based group Beat Happening emerged from a local DIY scene and used its music as an aesthetic commentary on mainstream music. When the group originated at Evergreen College in Olympia in 1983, Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis...

Garth Brooks

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...The mixture of country and rock and roll used by Garth Brooks helped to propel him to the top of the country charts and return the idiom to popular music. Brooks was born in Oklahoma in 1962; his mother had been a recorded singer and she...
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...In 1968, former Byrds members Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman created the Flying Burrito Brothers, which became one of the most important country rock bands. After arranging a lineup, the band recorded its first album, The Gilded Palace...

Charms War: Dance Camps and Sound Cars at Burning Man

Graham St John

Graham St John is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Dept of Social Sciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, Griffith University, Australia. He is Executive Editor of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Weekend Societies : Electronic Dance Music Festivals and Event-Cultures

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Scholarly Books

...A perfect moonwalk competes for attention here. That grand gesture is lost in the pandemonium unsettling the white powdered surface of this flat, featureless desert-scape. Featureless, that is, save for the thousand blinking souls...

Oklahoma City, OK

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: city – 469,850 (1996); metropolitan area – 1,000,000 (1996) Oklahoma City is the capital of Oklahoma and the state’s largest city. Located in the central part of the state at the crossroads of two major...

John Denver

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...As a prominent member of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement, John Denver’s songwriting brought a unique voice to the genre. Denver was born in New Mexico in 1943; his father was in the US Air Force and thus the family moved often. He...

Elliott Smith's XO

Matthew LeMay

Matthew LeMay has been a staff writer at Pitchfork Media since 2000. His band, Get Him Eat Him, will release their second album in the summer of 2007. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

33 1/3 Books

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...Many albums could be cited to support the claim that great suffering yields great art. Elliott Smith’s XO should not be one of them. Smith’s 1998 major label debut defies the “tortured singer-songwriter” stereotype, and takes up...