College of Arts & Sciences – Faculty Accomplishments

Christopher Westgate, Ph.D., associate professor, Media & Communications Studies, recently published an article in the journal Popular Music & Society entitled, “Popular Music Fans and the Value of Concert Tickets.”

Abstract: In an age of streaming, popular music fans have shifted their expenditures on recordings to concert tickets. That shift raises the question of how fans discuss the value of concerts. As an answer to that question, this article argues that three key considerations – financial, emotional, and experiential – shape the discussion because of their influence on ticket purchases. Informed by John Fiske’s notion of capital accumulation, the article demonstrates that argument through a textual analysis of online conversations among fans of U2, Guns N’ Roses, and Coldplay. It concludes that those considerations have implications for fair pricing and profit sharing in the context of a consolidated concert industry that favors the few at the expense of the many.