In music studies, Timothy D. Taylor is known for his insightful essays on music, globalization, and capitalism. Music in the World is a collection of some of Taylor’s most recent writings—essays concerned with questions about music in capitalist cultures, covering a historical span that begins in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and continues to the present. These essays look at shifts in the production, dissemination, advertising, and consumption of music from the industrial capitalism of the nineteenth century to the globalized neoliberal capitalism of the past few decades.
Music and Capitalism examines the production, distribution, advertising, marketing, branding, and consumption of music in the last few decades. Drawing on extensive interviews with professionals in various corners of the cultural industries, including small independent record labels, this book shows how digitalization, globalization, and policies and ideologies in today’s capitalism are changing people’s relationships to music.