'Get back to where you once belonged!' The positive creative impact of a refresher course for 'baby-boomer' rock musicians

Helen Fleur O'Shea

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    This article reports on a study of participants in a Weekend Warriors Program for lapsed rock musicians in Melbourne, Australia. It observes musicians over a six-week period that included a jam session, coaching sessions and a gig (concert). It examines the learning pathways of participants and their goals and experiences alongside those of the programme organisers within the comparative context of music learning practices among young and older musicians and in the light of academic research into the midlife ageing process. A question that arises from the data is the extent to which the experience and actions of middle-aged women musicians coincides with the literature on gender in youth rock music scenes and the literature on music, ageing and gender. The article concludes that the Weekend Warriors Program draws on the learning practices that the musicians involved had adopted in their youth and which act as a catalyst for their further musical and social participation and self-directed group learning. Age appeared to create no barrier to their enjoyment or their achievements; indeed in many ways it seemed to make them less inhibited and self-conscious in realising individual objectives that were further encouraged by working within a supportive if loosely bonded group.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)199 - 215
    Number of pages17
    JournalPopular Music
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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