Thursday, October 4, 2007
I've been thinking of changing the direction of my research project a little bit to examine the transition that artists make as the begin to enjoy more commercial success. Particularly, I want to look at the issue from the perspective of the fan looking at one music subculture, namely the re-emerging folk scene by artists such as Iron & Wine and Josh Ritter. I intend to take a look at their respective segways to more popularity and larger record labels and how fans have perceived this transition paying attention to the notion of "selling out". Conversations with many a number of superfans as well as the following blogs and fansite posting pages as my main data sources:
I think that this project will take an extremely interesting direction and will also let me study some of the more commercial aspects of the folk scene.