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Destined for Greatness: Passions, Dreams, and Aspirations in a College Music Town (Hardcover)

Destined for Greatness: Passions, Dreams, and Aspirations in a College Music Town By Michael Ramirez Cover Image
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Pursuing the dream of a musical vocation—particularly in rock music—is typically regarded as an adolescent pipedream. Music is marked as an appropriate leisure activity, but one that should be discarded upon entering adulthood. How then do many men and women aspire to forge careers in music upon entering adulthood? 

In Destined for Greatness, sociologist Michael Ramirez examines the lives of forty-eight independent rock musicians who seek out such non-normative choices in a college town renowned for its music scene. He explores the rich life course trajectories of women and men to explore the extent to which pathways are structured to allow some, but not all, individuals to fashion careers in music worlds. Ramirez suggests a more nuanced understanding of factors that enable the pursuit of musical livelihoods well into adulthood.  

About the Author

MICHAEL RAMIREZ is an associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Praise For…

"A fascinating reminder of music's profound impact across the life course, Destined for Greatness offers a backstage look at how musicians pursue, abandon, or creatively accommodate their rock and roll dreams with the realities of growing up."
— Ross Haenfler

"Michael Ramirez tells a fascinating story of emerging adulthood, developing an identity as a professional musician, and confronting the challenges of sustaining a career in the indie college music scene."

— William T. Bielby

"?Weekly Book List, April 20, 2018" by Nina Ayoub
— Chronicle of Higher Education

"The Page 99 Test: Michael Ramirez's Destined for Greatness"
— The Page 99 Test

"My Book, The Movie" blog post about Destined for Greatness
— My Book, The Movie

"Campaign for the American Reader" blog post on Destined for Greatness
— Campaign for the American Reader

New Books Network - New Books in Sociology interview with Michael Ramirez
— New Books Network

"This is an excellent addition to an evolving area of scholarship."
— Choice

"Book Explores Athens Music," in Georgia Magazine
— Georgia Magazine

"?Rock stars are made, not born," essay by Michael Ramirez
— Work in Progress

"Through his meticulous study of 48 indie-rock musicians aspiring musical success, Ramirez sketches a captivating picture of the motivations, considerations, and concerns of these musicians and their endeavors to make music their vocation."
— Work and Occupations

"A very timely and important book. It should appeal to a wide variety of sociologists with divergent research interests."
— American Journal of Sociology

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813588124
ISBN-10: 081358812X
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: April 16th, 2018
Pages: 244
Language: English
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