The new geographies of popular music (in a pandemic): Guilty geographies and compressed intimacies

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Abstract

In this paper, I analyse developments in the relationship between popular musicians and their audiences that have intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020–21. The first, guilty geographies, concerns musicians and music venues becoming increasingly reliant on charitable audience support, appealing to fans’ ethical consciences through the crowdfunding (or fan-funding) model. The second, compressed intimacies, relates to the conditions of musical production and reception, and the new geographies of musical listening, that emerge from this guilt-based relationship. Focusing on examples from Sweden, I argue that while some artists and venues have engaged creatively with guilty geographies and compressed intimacies, these trends should be resisted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-27
JournalPOPULÄR – Nordic Journal for Popular Culture Research
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Musicology

Keywords

  • popular music
  • guilty geographies
  • fan-funding
  • intimacy
  • sonic compression
  • streaming platforms
  • Mona Masrour
  • Alice Boman
  • Jens Lekman
  • Sweden

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