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The Art of Making Do in Naples$
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Jason Pine

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816636310

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816636310.001.0001

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Making Do with Art

Making Do with Art

Counterfeit Music, Pirate TV, and Crime Clan Weddings

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The Art of Making Do in Naples

Jason Pine

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the persistent tensions and interrelations between the neomelodica music scene and organized crime. Neomelodica is perceived as an entrepreneurial art of l’arte di arrangiarsi (“the art of making do”), pertinent to a localized, informal, and sometimes illicit, undertaking built upon limited resources. Partnerships with the camorra are considered an act of entrepreneurial excess—one that is treated either as a necessary potentiality to performing arrangiarsi to the utmost or as a venture to be condemned. Yet despite these contentions in the neomelodica music scene, the genre itself has received aesthetic critiques and acclaim independent of their real and perceived associations with organized crime. Neomelodica is, after all, a remix of traditional and outdated music—a chaotic and unpredictable mix of the formal, informal, and illicit.

Keywords:   neomelodica music scene, organized crime, camorra, making do, l’arte di arrangiarsi, aesthetic critiques, neomelodica, entrepreneurial art, entrepreneurial excess

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