Living Politics, Making Music

JanLPMMLIVING Politics, Making Music: the writings of Jan Fairley is available from Ashgate Press, having been published last year.

The book is edited by Simon Frith, Tovey Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh, and Stan Rijven and Ian Christie, from Birkbeck College, University of London.

The blurb explains: “The late Jan Fairley (1949-2012) was a key figure in making world music a significant topic for popular music studies and an influential contributor to such world music magazines as fRoots and Songlines. This book celebrates her contribution to popular music scholarship by gathering her most important work together in a single place. The result is a richly informed and entertaining volume that will be of interest to all scholars in the field while also serving as an excellent introduction for students interested in popular music as a global phenomenon.

“Fairley’s work was focused on the problems and possibilities of cross-cultural musical influences, fantasies and flows and on the importance of performing circuits and networks. Her interest in the details of music-making and in the lives of music-makers means that this collection is also an original and illuminating study of music and politics. In drawing on Jan Fairley’s journalism, this volume also offers students a guide to various genres of world music, from Cuban son to flamenco, as well as an insight into the lives of such world music stars as Mercedes Sosa and Silvio Rodríguez. This is inspiring as well as essential reading.”

Full details, contents and purchasing here.

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About Simon Barrow

Writer, consultant, co-director of a public policy think-tank. Supporter of Dumbarton FC.
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