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Rock, Folk and the Environment

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BY ERIC HUNG
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Just released by Temple University Press, anthropologist and Institute on the Environment resident fellow (and College of Liberal arts faculty member) Mark Pedelty's Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment examines whether music and musicians can help make the world more sustainable.

Pedelty explores obvious difficulties for environmentally conscious musicians, such as rock's need for hi-tech equipment and lots of noise, and more generally the music industry's reliance on overconsumption and stadium shows. The opening of the introduction reads, "U2 hates the planet.  At least their 360° Tour made it seem that way." At the same time, he explores entrepreneurs' and musicians' innovative efforts to alleviate the environmental consequences of musicking and to promote environmental issues. A strong advocate for participant-observation ethnography, Pedelty even formed his own band, the Hypoxic Punks, to see what pitfalls and opportunities environmentalist musicians face.

Read the rest of Eric Hung's review of Ecomusicology here.



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