> Why is the band format dying in Britain? Or is it?
Not sure it's time to read the last rites yet, but if it is the reasons
are probably economic. It's *very* hard to keep a band together
when everybody has a day job and the gigs, which are extremely
thin on the ground, are also virtually non-paying. I'm not talking
about "amateurs" here, but some of the big names on the
international scene. It's different if you play in an Abba tribute band,
where the gigs and the industry structure are there, to an extent, to
Which is why the experimental/mainstream model is valid, BTW.
Whether you think marginal music is inherently more worthy of
merit than that in the mainstream -- which I don't -- there's a real
economic and social division between the two which affects
musicians' ability to work and which informs their strategies for
making music. Certainly free improv (the area I know best) in
Britain is about individuals who arrange gigs in ad hoc groupings.
There are very few regular bands, and none I can think of where the
musicians only play in that band and don't have other projects.
Visit (musings), a resource for free jazz,
experimental and otherwise non-standard musics:
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