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Posted by a soul singer | September 23, 2008 1:48 PM

It's the musical equivalent to the gentrification arc -- artists move to a neighborhood with cheap rents, create art primarily for themselves and their friends, attract enough attention to become a movement, money follows and prices them out of the neighborhood while co-opting the most easily reproduced aspects of the signature style and distilling it into a mass-marketable formula.

Hard times enhance the sense of urgency. Cheap rents in the cities were a by-product of the economic shittiness of the times, and provided the petri dish for the new culture to grow in.

It is of course highly possible that the current economic downturn will reverse the earlier trend of a hollowed-out urban core, though. Bands need places to practice and to play.

Posted by flamingbanjo | September 23, 2008 1:58 PM

Yeah. What is the music scene in the blighted, post-oil suburban ruins going to look like? I'd wager terrifying.

Posted by Eric Grandy | September 23, 2008 2:31 PM

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