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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll: Just Another Day at a Music Festival

Jam-band music festivals, particularly multiple day festivals, are widely attended, yet rarely studied from an anthropological viewpoint. What is it about this music that brings people together as a community? Is it the release, the escape, the freedom that a festival offers? Or is it, simply, as one informant said, ≥Sex, drugs, and rock and roll≤? As any anthropologist must do in order to clearly understand a culture, I went into the field to observe and understand the close-knit community that forms at jam-band music festivals. My research focuses on a three-day music festival known as The Gathering of the Vibes, held in Mariaville, N.Y. (just 20 miles outside of Albany). This paper is [or, "provides"] an ethnography of one jam-band festival and the research experience of one novice student anthropologist.

Presenter: Elissa Krowe (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)