Back to the garden: territory and exchange in western Canadian folk music festivals
folk music festivals, western Canada
Until now folk music festivals in western Canada have not been systematically surveyed nor has their operation been theorized as a mode of creative production. This work develops a historically grounded approach to folk music as a means of social production and challenges the idea that folk music is only a music genre. I conclude, using a theoretical approach developed by Deleuze and Guattari, that contemporary folk music festivals make use of social capital to establish a folk music assemblage. This assemblage provides an alternative, non-centralized, and increasingly global alternative for the flow of music capital. Folk music is no longer a style of music but a mode of doing business in music that is socially oriented and politically and economically potent.
MacDonald, Michael B. "Back to the Garden: Territory and Exchange in Western Canadian Folk Music Festivals." (PhD diss., University of Alberta, 2010), https://era.library.ualberta.ca/items/5b0d3eca-3267-4f02-b1ed-04f51fda3b3b/view/a6ec814f-8195-4a23-a61f-1fe52c91055f/MacDonald_Michael_Summer2010.pdf.
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