Book Launch of 'Small Venues' by Sam Whiting

Saturday 18 November 2023

Book cover of 'Small Venues' by Sam Whiting

Join author Sam Whiting for the launch of his book ' Small Venues' at the Old Bar on Saturday 18 November from 4.30pm.

Featuring an in conversation with Dr Ian Rogers followed by a performance by Shop Talk. 

Throughout the history of popular music, the careers of many culturally significant artists and groups began on the small stages of local bars clubs, pubs, and discotheques. When the stories of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and the New York punk hardcore and post punk scenes are told, iconic venues such as The Cavern, The Marquee and CBGB's serve as the settings of their early chapters small live music venues such as these are pivotal in the narratives and history of popular music. However, very few of them survive.

This book focusses on the role of small live music venues as incubators for emerging talent and social hubs for music scene participants. Such venues are grassroots spaces of cultural labour and production that often struggle with issues of financial precarity yet are fundamental to the live music ecology of a city, acting both as platforms for emergent performers and spaces of sociality for local music scenes.

Sam Whiting is a Lecturer in Creative Industries at the University of South Australia. His research is primarily focused on issues of capital, labour, and value as they relate to music scenes, the creative industries, and the cultural economy more broadly. Dr. Whiting’s published work explores issues of access, identity, gender, heritage, live music, cultural policy, and music scenes through the interdisciplinary lens of cultural studies, sociology, and popular music studies.

Ian Rogers is a senior lecturer at RMIT University, based in Melbourne, Australia. A popular music studies scholar, he is the author of Popular Music Scene and Cultural Memory (with Andy Bennett, Palgrave MacMillan), in addition to numerous articles on musician ideology, music policy and music history. His recent research projects include work on virtual music scenes, music and Web3 (funded by APRA and the Australia Council for the Arts) and, more broadly, the evolving role of creative practice within content creation.

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More information and purchase the book here

This event is supported by Yarra City Arts. 

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Date and time:
Saturday 18 November 2023

Old Bar, 74 - 76 Johnston Street, Fitzroy Victoria 3065