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Music as Social Life: The Politics of Participation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology) Paperback – October 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0226816982 ISBN-10: 0226816982 Edition: Pap/Com

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  • Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Pap/Com edition (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226816982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226816982
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Politically and musically passionate, intellectually sophisticated, and thought-provoking - this is a brave and extremely original book, one that will play a role in this century akin to such seminal works as The Anthropology of Music and How Musical Is Man?" - Anthony Seeger, University of California, Los Angeles"

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Thomas Turino is professor of musicology and anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Music in the Andes: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture; Moving Away from Silence:Music of the Peruvian Altiplano and the Experience of Urban Migration; and Nationalists, Cosmopolitans, and Popular Music in Zimbabwe.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Evan Copelly on October 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Turino explores various facets of music and our relationship with it. I read this book in a Freshman-level Ethno-musicology class and was inspired to continue reading and studying in that field, but the book stands just as easily on its own as a thought-provoking look at the way music can shape the way we think, live, and relate to one another.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Taryn on May 11, 2013
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I was a little hesitant when I was assigned this book for my Music of the World course, but I was really satisfied with it. Turino provides some really great tools for thinking about music's function in the world, why we love it so much, and how it is experienced in different cultures. Some explanations are a little extensive, but Turino makes some really good points that have changed the way I perceive music and the potential music has to affect our daily lives.
He also brings all of his small, specific points together and makes broader conclusions and applications about the larger implications of these points, and makes it really relevant to our lives. The book wasnt solely about music; he often strayed away from music and talked about other social processes and change, so don't worry if you're not particularly interested in music. That being said, if you are interested in music, the other pieces are important for everyone to consider, so dont despair.
Also, the accompanying CD was great; it was really useful to have musical examples to refer to! It included some really cool tracks from several countries and made it a lot easier to really understand what he was talking about.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Willie on January 21, 2013
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This book has clarified my thinking and direction in playing music. If you play popular music, or music you would like to be popular, 'Music as Social Life' by Thomas Turino will do the same for you. It allowed me to understand why I enjoy jamming, dancing teaching and rehearsing more than performing for a nice quiet audience. Yet why, at the same time, I still have an ambivalent desire to make a CD and play for that nice quiet audience.
He breaks out of defining music by genres and defines it by function. He notes that we live in a culture that values 'presentational' music over 'participatory' music. Americans especially, literally buy into the idea of music as something that is 'consumed' like any other commodity. So musicians who want feel valued, groom themselves for presentations, live or recorded - instead of seeking participatory musical experiences by, for and of the people around them.
I admit the book is tedious in some ways but consciousness raising. I say tedious because it would seem that Prof. Turino attempted to write a book for both the general public and academics. It certainly deserves the respect of both but it veers between what seems like arcane disputation to pedestrian descriptions. Wade through whichever puts you off - there is great wisdom here for pickers, crooners, rockers and other music makers.
If you read this book and free yourself from only valuing presentational music, know that there are: jams all over the United States and Canada (Folkjam.org); a website for participatory music making (Community Music Circles); and that most of the world still values being part of the music more than being a mere consumer of it.
-JGW, amateur musician
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel gutierrez on September 30, 2014
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Everything was as advertised. Good service
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5 of 17 people found the following review helpful By College student on November 2, 2011
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What makes this book frustrating is Turino's complete inability to be concise. Concepts that can be easily explained in two pages are instead drawn out over ten, and you feel like you are reading the same explanations over and over again. It is not enjoyable to read a 40 page chapter that should be ten pages.
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