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Playing to the Crowd – Musicians, Audiences, and the Intimate Work of Connection - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Playing to the Crowd: Musicians, Audiences, and the Intimate Work of Connection

Nancy K. Baym


In Playing to the Crowd, Nancy K. Baym examines the shift toward more personal connections with audiences, offering an entirely new approach to media cultures and industries as she does. The book argues that workers in many fields are under increased pressure get online and connect with others to further their careers, a trend that musicians have long led. Using a dialectical framework, the book draws on in depth-interviews with a range of professional musicians and other qualitative methods to show how the rise of digital communication platforms transformed artist-fan relationships into somet ... More

Keywords: personal relationships, intimacy, dialectics, social media, media industries, music, musicians, audiences, fandom, labor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479896165
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479896165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy K. Baym, author