William Robin: Industry. Bang on a Can and New Music in the Marketplace (Oxford University Press, book)

In a time when solidarity, togetherness and collective action are more crucial than ever, looking at tried and tested models from the past can be instructive. Musicologist William Robin’s Industry. Bang on a Can and New Music in the Marketplace follows the history of one of the most unusual but also seminal organisations in contemporary music and also sheds a light on the trappings that came with the unprecedented success of David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe’s iconoclastic endeavour that even landed them a deal with a major label. »Robin breaks important new ground with this thick historical and ethnographic description of how networks of ensembles, institutions, listeners, and new technologies come together to forge new experimental music communities and marketplaces,« says legendary composer George E. Lewis about the book – what else do you need?

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