Becoming More ‘Civilised’: Rock Fans’ Experiences of the Ageing Body

Gibson, Lucy (2012) Becoming More ‘Civilised’: Rock Fans’ Experiences of the Ageing Body. In: Hodkinson, Paul and Bennett, Andy (eds). Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity. Berg, London. ISBN 9781847888358

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Rock music has been a key feature of popular culture for over fifty years. Moreover, despite rock’s endurance, it has frequently been portrayed as youth music and as symptomatic of teenage angst (e.g. Frith 1983; Bradley 1992; Keightley 2001). This chapter moves beyond such representations by exploring some of the ways in which ageing, with particular reference to embodiment and corporeality, shapes and impacts on older fans’ participation in rock music scenes. The discussion offers evidence of how a sample of self-defined rock fans negotiates certain physical constraints and adapts behaviour as they grow older.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rock music; ageing; body
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Sociology
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 14:58

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