No more babes on the stage: The changing modes of spectatorship in Athenian live-music nightclubs

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    Abstract

    This chapter explores the ways in which recent trends in nightlife entertainment have designated a shift from the established participatory mode of engagement (audience dancing on stage next to the performer) towards a spectator-mentality (audience consuming alcohol from their designated seats). Based on extended ethnographic research within the professional music circuit, and specifically my one-year-long employment as a keyboardist in the band of Greek pop-star Sakis Rouvas, I will examine practices of ‘stage-policing’ as a strategic conceptual tool that transforms the performer from a facilitator of kéfi (as summarised by the old motto óla ta morá stin písta) into an idolised and unreachable ‘celebrity’.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMade in Greece: Studies in Popular Music
    EditorsDaphne Tragaki
    Place of PublicationLondon; New York
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
    ISBN (Print)1138489522
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2018

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Studies in Popular Music

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    Keywords

    • Music
    • Greece
    • Popular culture

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    Tsioulakis, I. (2018). No more babes on the stage: The changing modes of spectatorship in Athenian live-music nightclubs. In D. Tragaki (Ed.), Made in Greece: Studies in Popular Music (Routledge Studies in Popular Music). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.