“We Are Interrupted by Your Noise”: Heckling and the Symbolic Economy of Popular Music Stardom

@inproceedings{Duffett2009WeAI,
  title={“We Are Interrupted by Your Noise”: Heckling and the Symbolic Economy of Popular Music Stardom},
  author={Mark Duffett},
  year={2009}
}
  • Mark Duffett
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • Heckling has rarely been examined in popular music studies. The argument of this piece is that audience members heckle in an attempt to alter the balance of power in live musical performance. To understand this I introduce the idea of the “symbolic economy,” a framework of assumptions and interpretations held by audience members that gives stars their social value. My argument is that each musician's aura is perceived when his or her performance is both recognizably popular and emotionally… CONTINUE READING

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