Tell Tchaikovsky the News (BOK)

Michael James Roberts

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For two decades after rock music first emerged in the 1940s, the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), the oldest and largest labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada, refused to recognize rock 'n' roll as a legitimate music or its performers as skilled musicians. The AFM never actively organized rock 'n' roll musicians, although recruiting them would have been in the labor union's economic interest. In Tell Tchaikovsky the News, Michael James Roberts argues that the reasons that the union failed to act in its own interest lay in its culture, in the opinions of its leadership and elite rank-and-file members. Explaining the bias of union members - most of whom were classical or jazz music performers - against rock music and musicians, Roberts addresses issues of race and class; questions of what qualified someone as a "skilled" or professional musician; and the threat that records, central to rock 'n' roll, posed to AFM members who had long privileged live performances. He contends that by rejecting rock 'n' rollers for two decades, the once formidable American Federation of Musicians lost their clout within the music industry and contributed to the demise of a viable labor movement in the United States.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Michael James Roberts
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780822354635
Antall sider 280 Dimensjoner 15,5cm x 23,4cm x 2cm
Vekt 499 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Music