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Mafias - Live Music

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 30 March 2011

Woodstock did not have a sponsor, people flooded to Hyde Park for a free concert from the Rolling Stones but now a top price ticket to see Bon Jovi - the 'Diamond Circle VIP Experience' - can cost you something approaching $2,000. What has happened to live music to transform it into the industry it has become? How have concert performances become a successful way of funding music when recorded music has been in retreat? Laurie Taylor speaks to two authorities in the field of popular music studies, Simon Frith and Martin Cloonan, to discuss the social and economic changes which have brought music performance to the fore.
Also we hear of Russian mobsters in New York, Chinese Triads in London and Italian Mafias across the western world, but is organised crime really spreading like a global virus? The criminologist Federico Varese explores the capacities of mafias trying to conquer new territories.
Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Federico Varese

    Professor of Criminology, Director of EXLEGI, Fellow of Linacre College.
    Mafias on the Move: How Organized Crime Conquers New Territories
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    ISBN: 978-1-4008-3672-7

    Find out more about Federico Varese
  • Martin Cloonan

    Professor of Popular Music Politics, University of Glasgow.

  • Simon Frith

    Head of Music, Edinburgh University.

    Find out more about Simon Frith
  • Conference: The Business of Live Music

    A conference to mark the completion of the AHRC funded project
    The Promotion of Live Music in the UK--an Historical, Cultural and Institutional Analysis
    to be held at St Cecilia's Hall, University of Edinburgh, Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1NQ,
    March 31 - April 2, 2011.

    Find out more about the conference



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