Towards an ideal typical live music city

Paul Baird, Michael Scott

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Music provides a sound track to everyday urban experience: personal earphones on public transport, on car radios, buskers serenading shoppers and flanuers, and the muzak of consumption spaces. Music modulates individual affect and barricades the self from the psychic overload of city life. Music is also integral to urban temporalities. Weekend concerts, seasonal festivals, nightclubs and bars with live and recorded music transform life into a series of pleasurable rituals based on rhythms of tension and release. Beyond these quotidian uses, live music is a significant component of the turn to developing a city's creative and cultural economy (CCE) (see: Brown, O'Connor, & Cohen, 2000; Bürkner & Lange, 2017; Oakes & Warnaby, 2011; Pratt, 2017; Seman, 2010).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalCity, Culture and Society
Early online date6 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • Urban live music
  • Anglo live music city policies
  • Live music comparison
  • Live music development


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