Urban Music Studies

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Busking in Berlin: Between an art of living and the art of surviving

Who is busking in Berlin and why? Mark Nowakowski provides a detailed portrait of the street music scene in Berlin and their actors. Besides the role of the artists and the matrix between them, their audience and the city, Mark Nowakowski also analyses the sociocultural dimensions as well as historical transformations of the street music scene in Berlin.

Mark Nowakowski, born in 1978, works as a scientific engineer for sustainable energy at the Federal Environment Agency. The ethnomusicologist graduated in 2004 at the Freien Universität Berlin.