Destined for Greatness: Passions, Dreams, and Aspirations in a College Music Town (Hardback)
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Destined for Greatness: Passions, Dreams, and Aspirations in a College Music Town (Hardback)

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Hardback 242 Pages / Published: 30/03/2018
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Pursuing the dream of a musical vocation-particularly in rock music-is typically regarded as an adolescent pipedream. Music is marked as an appropriate leisure activity, but one that should be discarded upon entering adulthood. How then do many men and women aspire to forge careers in music upon entering adulthood?

In Destined for Greatness, sociologist Michael Ramirez examines the lives of forty-eight independent rock musicians who seek out such non-normative choices in a college town renowned for its music scene. He explores the rich life course trajectories of women and men to explore the extent to which pathways are structured to allow some, but not all, individuals to fashion careers in music worlds. Ramirez suggests a more nuanced understanding of factors that enable the pursuit of musical livelihoods well into adulthood.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813588124
Number of pages: 242
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A fascinating reminder of music's profound impact across the life course, Destined for Greatness offers a backstage look at how musicians pursue, abandon, or creatively accommodate their rock and roll dreams with the realities of growing up."--Ross Haenfler "author of Straight Edge "

"Michael Ramirez tells a fascinating story of emerging adulthood, developing an identity as a professional musician, and confronting the challenges of sustaining a career in the indie college music scene."

--William T. Bielby "professor of sociology, University of Illinois Chicago "
"My Book, The Movie" blog post about Destined for Greatness--My Book, The Movie
"Campaign for the American Reader" blog post on Destined for Greatness--Campaign for the American Reader
"The Page 99 Test: Michael Ramirez's Destined for Greatness"--The Page 99 Test
"Book Explores Athens Music," in Georgia Magazine--Georgia Magazine

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