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Nordström, Marika
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Nordström, M. (2017). Om drömmar, motstånd och identitet: samiska musiker berättar om sitt musikskapande. In: Marianne Liliequist och Coppélie Cocq (Ed.), Samisk kamp: kulturförmedling och rättviserörelse (pp. 16-61). Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Om drömmar, motstånd och identitet: samiska musiker berättar om sitt musikskapande
2017 (Swedish)In: Samisk kamp: kulturförmedling och rättviserörelse / [ed] Marianne Liliequist och Coppélie Cocq, Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur, 2017, p. 16-61Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur, 2017
Series
Samiska studier, ISSN 1651-5153 ; 8
Series
Serie akademi, ISSN 1653-9575
National Category
Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-151498 (URN)9789173272315 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-09-05 Created: 2018-09-05 Last updated: 2021-06-03Bibliographically approved
Nordström, M. (2014). Berättelser om livet som musiker inom populärmusikfältet. In: Alf Arvidsson (Ed.), Bilder från musikskapandets vardag: mellan kulturpolitik, ekonomi och estetik (pp. 131-163). Umeå: Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Berättelser om livet som musiker inom populärmusikfältet
2014 (Swedish)In: Bilder från musikskapandets vardag: mellan kulturpolitik, ekonomi och estetik / [ed] Alf Arvidsson, Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2014, p. 131-163Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Stories about life as a musician in the popular music arena

This chapter is based on two different kinds of material (four in depth interviews with semi-professional musicians, combined with a thorough review and analysis of printed interviews in the Swedish music magazine Sonic, published between the years 2000-2012). Life as a musician is portrayed in many varied ways in these texts and interviews. One common description is how the drawbacks are compensated by the joy and pleasure connected to music making, and the life style that it comes along with it. Quite many depict their music making as therapeutic and truly rewarding, and as an integral part of who they are. Many are in some way dissatisfied or feel that they are negatively impacted by the conditions of the music industry, for instance leading to economic difficulties and stress. Some feel anxieties of performing live, or discomfort in being publicly described and evaluated by music journalists/-writers. In the in-depth interviews it becomes clear that musicians develop strategies for their careers and lives. Quite many have shaped their lives to suit their dreams as musicians, for instance by having a separate professional identity where they earn their living. This means that they do not, in the same way, have to depend on the music industry – neither financially nor artistically. The "alternative" identity represented by Sonic, with its recurring scepticism towards the big music industry, is in several ways reflected in the printed interviews but is also clearly visible in the in-depth interviews. Artistic integrity is important for many and a great number become small business owners (for instance by starting their own record company). Still it can be strenuous to be a small entrepreneur, with a heavy workload and economic stress.  However, for many there exists a dream to be able to freely create the music you want – independent of current market demands and trends. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2014
Series
Etnologiska skrifter, ISSN 1103-6516 ; 59
Keywords
musikskapande, arbetsvillkor, musikindustri
National Category
Ethnology Musicology
Research subject
Ethnology; Musicology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98676 (URN)978-91-7601-190-4 (ISBN)
Projects
Musikskapandets villkor - mellan kulturpolitik, ekonomi och estetik
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-01-26 Created: 2015-01-26 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Nordström, M. (2014). Berättelser om skapandeprocesser inom populärmusiken. In: Alf Arvidsson (Ed.), Bilder från musikskapandets vardag: mellan kulturpolitik, ekonomi och estetik (pp. 63-89). Umeå: Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Berättelser om skapandeprocesser inom populärmusiken
2014 (Swedish)In: Bilder från musikskapandets vardag: mellan kulturpolitik, ekonomi och estetik / [ed] Alf Arvidsson, Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2014, p. 63-89Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Stories about creative processes in popular music

There are many threads in these stories about music making, of how musicians articulate the process behind the tunes. The chapter is based on two different kinds of material (four in depth interviews with semi professional musicians and an analysis of interviews in the Swedish music magazine Sonic). One frequent theme in these narratives is how the music business, in a multitude of ways, is considered as problematic as regards to artistic freedom and creativity. It is for instance considered being difficult to be truly creative whilst experiencing time pressure, or when dealing with expectations from record companies or music journalists. Different sources of inspiration are portrayed as essential in order to create new material: music, film and public debate are a frequently mentioned. It is regarded as important to have extended knowledge of music (history), but not be hindered by genre conventions. By analysing these stories, one emerging idea is that the best new music tends to exist in the perfect intersection between fragments and ideas found in other people's music and the unique, highly individual, impression. The importance or longing for authenticity is stressed time and time again. Many want their music, and not least their lyrical content, to be a reflection of their real, true selves: their personal history, experiences and emotions. The interviews of Sonic clearly resonate how authenticity, with its different manifestations, is perceived as something desirable, or as a matter of course. The texts often circulate around the background of the musician, for instance the place of birth – as if trying to find the roots of the lyrics and tunes. In this "alternative" context, authenticity is often seen as something that qualifies good, meaningful music. This discourse about authenticity, origin and artistic integrity is also clearly visible in the in-depth interviews, and musicians quite often say that they in their music want to contribute with something new and original.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2014
Series
Etnologiska skrifter, ISSN 1103-6516 ; 59
Keywords
musikskapande, kreativitet, förebilder
National Category
Ethnology Musicology
Research subject
Ethnology; Musicology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98675 (URN)9789176011904 (ISBN)
Projects
Musikskapandets villkor - mellan kulturpolitik, ekonomi och estetik
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-01-26 Created: 2015-01-26 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Nordström, M. (2014). "Det var frigörelse!": Svenska kvinnliga rockmusikers berättelser om sitt musikskapande och sitt feministiska engagemang. Noterat (21), 68-87
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Det var frigörelse!": Svenska kvinnliga rockmusikers berättelser om sitt musikskapande och sitt feministiska engagemang
2014 (Swedish)In: Noterat, ISSN 1400-7339, no 21, p. 68-87Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Svenskt visarkiv, 2014
Keywords
Rockmusiker, musikskapande, feminism, genus
National Category
Musicology
Research subject
Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85585 (URN)
Available from: 2014-02-06 Created: 2014-02-06 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Nordström, M. (2014). ”Nån slags soffliggande nomad i musikbranschen”: ett samtal med Max Mackhé om musik, identitet och politisk aktivism. Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift (1), 22-32
Open this publication in new window or tab >>”Nån slags soffliggande nomad i musikbranschen”: ett samtal med Max Mackhé om musik, identitet och politisk aktivism
2014 (Swedish)In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, no 1, p. 22-32Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents Max Mackhé, a pop musician and political activist. He comes from Sweden, lives in Norway and feels like part of the Sámi community. The article discusses Max’s own experiences concerning identity and shows how an ethnic identity can be culturally constructed and that this can be a complex issue that relates to civil rights, among other things. Early in his life he felt affinity towards the Sámi culture and has witnessed racism toward Sámi people. His music nowadays bears witness of his strong political engagement in environmental issues and the rights of indigenous peoples, for instance regarding the current mining exploitations in the north of Sweden. His political activism also takes place in social media, for instance on Twitter. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Föreningen Kulturella Perspektiv, 2014
Keywords
pop musician, music-making, identity (formation), Sámi culture, political activism, indigenous people
National Category
Ethnology
Research subject
Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-86798 (URN)
Projects
Narrating Sápmi: Production and transmission of indigenous knowledge
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2014-03-11 Created: 2014-03-11 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Nordström, M. (2013). Authenticity, musicians, and journalism in the field of popular music: an analysis of interviews with musicians published in the music magazine Sonic . In: Ian Russell and Catherine Ingram (Ed.), Taking part in music: case studies in ethnomusicology (pp. 288-296). Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press ; European Seminar in Ethnomusicology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Authenticity, musicians, and journalism in the field of popular music: an analysis of interviews with musicians published in the music magazine Sonic
2013 (English)In: Taking part in music: case studies in ethnomusicology / [ed] Ian Russell and Catherine Ingram, Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press ; European Seminar in Ethnomusicology , 2013, p. 288-296Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press ; European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, 2013
Series
The Elphinstone Institute, Occasional Publications ; 9
National Category
Ethnology Musicology
Research subject
Ethnology; Musicology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-84869 (URN)978-1-85752-001-9 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2009-2516
Available from: 2014-01-21 Created: 2014-01-21 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Arvidsson, A., Holst, S., Lundberg, D., Nordström, M. & Åkesson, I. (2013). Introduction: The conditions of music-making: between cultural policy, economics, and aesthetics. In: Ian Russell & Catherine Ingram (Ed.), Taking part in music: case studies in ethnomusicology (pp. 269-272). Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: The conditions of music-making: between cultural policy, economics, and aesthetics
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2013 (English)In: Taking part in music: case studies in ethnomusicology / [ed] Ian Russell & Catherine Ingram, Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press , 2013, p. 269-272Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 2013
Series
The Elphinstone Institute, Occasional Publications ; 9
National Category
Musicology Ethnology
Research subject
Ethnology; Musicology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-84641 (URN)978-1-85752-001-9 (ISBN)
Projects
Musikskapandets villkor
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2009-2516
Available from: 2014-01-13 Created: 2014-01-13 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Werner, A. & Nordström, M. (2013). Starka kvinnor?: Förebilder och tjejer i musikproduktion och musikkonsumtion. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap (2-3), 111-129
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Starka kvinnor?: Förebilder och tjejer i musikproduktion och musikkonsumtion
2013 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, no 2-3, p. 111-129Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the concept of ”strong women” in popular music and interrogates the idea of role models. Ideas of ”strong women” are analysed in the context of a contemporary Western society characterized by neo-liberalism and post-feminism. Advocacy of role models is regarded as an example of a politicalstrategy that places the responsibility for social change on theindividual. This is done from a feminist cultural theoretical perspectivewhere discourse is seen as having an impact on material subject positions and where post-feminist culture is seen as part of contemporary discourse about Western women. These questions are discussed through the analysis of two empirical material sconsisting of interviews; one about teenage girls’ music use and gender in everyday life and the other about female musicians,mainly in their early twenties, participating in feminist music associations. In both studies the participants testify to a positive influence from female singers and musicians as role models, where these artists and musicians in different ways provide strength to the individual girl/woman. The authors regard this mediatised discourse as problematic but it is juxtaposed against the individual narrativeswhere role models are regarded as very important. Questions concerning authenticity, politics and identification are vital themes in our analysis of their narratives. Popular music is, in some respects, described as an arena dominated by white men. Furthermore the research and public discussion about “strong women” androle models takes part in reproducing the hierarchies of popular music genres. These hierarchies are understood by the authors asrepresenting asymmetrical power relations of gender, ethnicity/race and class.

Keywords
Popular music, postfeminism, role models, authenticity, subcultures, whiteness, class
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-84864 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-21 Created: 2014-01-21 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Nordström, M. (2012). ”Man börjar spela när man får förebilder liksom”: Förebilden som kulturellt fenomen. In: Johan A. Lundin (Ed.), Intro: En antologi om musik och samhälle (pp. 149-159). Malmö: Kira förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>”Man börjar spela när man får förebilder liksom”: Förebilden som kulturellt fenomen
2012 (Swedish)In: Intro: En antologi om musik och samhälle / [ed] Johan A. Lundin, Malmö: Kira förlag , 2012, p. 149-159Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Kira förlag, 2012
National Category
Other Humanities Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60159 (URN)978-91-979150-5-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-10-05 Created: 2012-10-03 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Liliequist, M., Nordström, M. & Liliequist, T. (2011). Den åldrande kvinnliga rockartisten: en anomali?. Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift (1), 29-37
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den åldrande kvinnliga rockartisten: en anomali?
2011 (Swedish)In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, no 1, p. 29-37Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses what it means to be an ageing female artist in the male dominated world of rock music. Our material consists of gig reviews and interviews. The ageing woman appears like an anomaly because she can no longer fulfill the role of the sex object. Patti Smith seems to be an exception to the rule and that is, among other things, because of her androgynous image.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Föreningen Kulturella Perspektiv, 2011
Keywords
rock music, gender, ageing
National Category
Ethnology
Research subject
Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42188 (URN)
Projects
Ageing and Living Conditions ALCTantForsk!
Available from: 2011-04-06 Created: 2011-04-06 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
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