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Music as Capital: Deputising Among London’s Freelance Musicians

Cottrell, S.J. (2002). Music as Capital: Deputising Among London’s Freelance Musicians. British Journal of Ethnomusicology, 11(2), pp. 61-80.


Deputising, the substitution of one musician by another for a particular performance event, has long been a common feature of London’s musical landscape. Although it may at first appear a simple operation of personal logistics, it is in fact a transaction permeated by judgements on musicianship and musicality, social relations, individual identities, and basic economics. Thus, from this perspective, musical events can be seen as symbols which musicians interpret with reference both to their underlying conception of self and their perception of the talents and abilities of those around them. Such issues are here examined from a variety of theoretical perspectives, which offer useful insights into this deceptively complex process(1).

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Ethnomusicology in 2002, available online: 10.1080/09681220208567339
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts > Music
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