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Ethnomusicology and the Music Industries: an overview

Cottrell, S.J. (2010). Ethnomusicology and the Music Industries: an overview. Ethnomusicology Forum, 19(1), pp. 3-25.


This paper functions as an introduction to this volume as a whole, and charts the relationship between ethnomusicology and the music industries, particularly record companies, over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It considers the changing relationship between these two sometimes antagonistic parties, and how this has informed or influenced other relationships with those musicians around the globe whose ‘world music’1 (broadly construed) each has engaged with for its own purposes. It also considers how the stance of ethnomusicologists towards record companies has changed, as the discipline itself has evolved over the past c. 120 years. Finally, it asks whether ethnomusicology can itself be considered a music industry.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethnomusicology Forum on 19 Jul 2010, available online: 10.1080/17411912.2010.489279
Publisher Keywords: Ethnomusicology; Record Companies; Commodification; World Music; Music Technology
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts > Music
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