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Arts Management by Derek Chong November 26, 2008

Posted by goldblatt in English Department.

51bxq50txwl_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa240_sh20_ou02_Wow, now HERE is a book on arts management. A perfect compliment to William Byrne’s Arts Management introductory textbook, this is your next step in looking at some of the contemporary issues in the industry. Chong writes with an acid wit, combining provocative issues with a deconstructionist analysis to give the reader a truly entertaining ride through the world of the arts as we manage them today.

How would I compare Chong to Byrnes in terms of their books on arts management? Byrnes is a Milwaukee businessman with a wife, 2.5 kids and a dog. Chong is a divorced chain-smoking Buddhist living in a loft in Greenwich Village. Byrnes is Ted Koppel, Chong is Jon Stewart. Byrnes is the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Chong is the Kronos Quartet. Byrnes is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chong is the Saatchi Gallery.

The book’s attraction and also its usefullness lie in the combination of hip references (including, but not limited to Black Flag with Henry Rollins, De La Guarda, LL Cool J and White Cube) which are paralleled with intelligent business case studies (such as McDonalds, McKinsey, KPGM, Starbucks, Exxon Mobil and more). Although occassionally bogged down in theoretical analysis, these easy reference points keep the issues accessible to Joe Six-Pack.

Often Chong takes the French approach and over-analyses or deconstructs organisational practices without offering an alternative solution. Such snobbery makes for delectable if occassionally impractical reading.



1. JULIANNE - May 25, 2009

I want to borrow this book! Oh, guess you are in Scotland…maybe I should buy my own.

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