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The Art of Making Do in Naples

Jason Pine


“In Naples, there are more singers than there are unemployed people.” These words echo through the neomelodica music scene, a vast undocumented economy animated by wedding singers, pirate TV, and tens of thousands of fans throughout southern Italy and beyond. In a city with chronic unemployment, this setting has attracted hundreds of aspiring singers trying to make a living—or even a fortune. In the process, they brush up against affiliates of the region’s violent organized crime networks, the camorra. This book explores the murky neomelodica music scene and finds itself on uncertain ground. T ... More

Keywords: Naples, neomelodica music scene, southern Italy, Neapolitans, performing, private parties, drug trafficking, autonomy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816636310
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816636310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Pine, author