On Becoming a Rock Musician

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Acknowledgments

At Lake Forest College I was encouraged in my sociological pursuits by Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi and inspired by Franz Schultz' vision of art.

At Northwestern University I was taught well by my dissertation chairman Howard S. Becker (who remains my most professional critic) and got much needed help from John Kitsuse and Remi Clignet, the other members of my committee. Sparks of support and insight also came from Bernard Beck, Scott Greer, and Paul Bohannon.

At the University of Washington the doors of ethnomusicology were opened to me by Robert Garfias. Frederick Lieberman and Philip Schuyler gave excellent and patient advice.

At the Center for World Music Robert Brown continued my ethnomusicological journey along with the numerous master musicians, dancers, and students from all parts of the world.

Long discussions with Edward Kealy have helped considerably and comments by John Hall, Rob Faulkner, Arthur Paris, and others have been the basis for the revision of several points.

Special thanks go to Arlan Lazere, who typed the first draft of the manuscript some years ago, and to Edie DeWeese who typed the second draft last year.

Thanks are also due to Richard Martin, editor of the University of Massachusetts Press, and to Deborah Murphy, Deborah Robson, and all the others who were involved in the final production of this book.

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Table of contents

  • On Becoming a Rock Musician *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Contents *
  • Preface *
  • I - Group Dynamics *
  • Introduction *
  • Group Definition and Redefinition *
  • II - Rock Ecology *
  • Instruments and "The Outside World" *
  • Equipment and the Band Van *
  • Gigs *
  • III - Mastering the Technological Component *
  • Technology and the Music *
  • The Realities of Practice *
  • IV - Performance: Aesthetics and the Technological Imperative *
  • Playing *
  • "Other People's Music" *
  • Appendix *
  • Loudness and Equalization *
  • Notes *
  • A Guide for the Reader *
  • Bibliography *
  • Index *
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