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Singer-songwriters and fandom in the digital age

Bennett, Lucy ORCID: 2016. Singer-songwriters and fandom in the digital age. Williams, Katherine and Williams, Justin A., eds. The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter, Cambridge Companions to Music, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 329-340.

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The arrival of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have permitted and fostered new avenues of communication between some singer-songwriters and their fans. This chapter explores how singer-songwriters such as Amanda Palmer, Tori Amos, Suzanne Vega, Neil Tennant, James Arthur, and James Blunt are using digital tools and social media to connect with their online fans and how understandings of participation and connection are being currently negotiated and formed. It unravels how the nature of the media, which can invoke feelings of close proximity and intimacy, can be skilfully used in particular by musicians who write and perform their own material. It argues that the confessional and personal nature fostered within the music of some singer-songwriters can compliment and lend itself well to the communicative practices on social media platforms. In addition, it argues that Twitter use by musical artists can often reveal transgressive elements of the individual that previously had not been explicitly fore-fronted, or present as part of their public image, elements which can either enhance or shatter relations with fans and their wider online public.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107680913
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Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 09:23

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