This Must Be The Place Book Studies Music’s Impact on Cities

March 15, 2023
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A new book examining music’s cultural and political relationship with major cities will hit the shelves in September. Titled This Must Be The Place, Shain Shapiro’s book features a series of personal stories that shed light on music’s governmental, creative, and bureaucratic influence. 

From Melbourne to London, This Must Be The Place creates a global perspective on music’s impact beyond the bucks. One of the book’s highlights is its focus on the contradiction between the beat-fueled culture’s significance and its absence in public policy. 

This Must Be The Place will be published by Repeater Books and Penguin Random House on 12th of September. The latter describes the book as a “how-to guide and toolkit for music-lovers, artists and activists everywhere to begin the process of reinventing the communities they live in.” 

The author shared a book preview in his recent Forbes feature, where he presents a community-led model for arts investments. Shapiro is the founder of Sound Diplomacy, a global research and strategy consultancy.

You can preorder the This Must Be The Place book here.

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