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"A Second Standpoint": Howard Becker talks about music, sociology, and their intersections

Howard Becker, Elizabeth Jackson

Published: 2010-11-22

Howard Becker, in conversation with ICASPs Elizabeth Jackson, discusses ideas in collaborative music, such as leadership and power differentials, and the various roads leading to "ordinary" musicianship and its payoff. Further, Becker provides his thoughts about what makes for good collaboration, as well as the value of the outsider perspective.

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If people talked the way they drummed in improvisation, then I think the world would be a lot nicer…

– Youth participant, ICASP improvisation workshop