Alternative Journalism in Madrid’s Blues Scene


  • Josep Pedro FPU pre-doctoral researcher at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) - Complutense University of Madrid, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.



blues, music scene, music journalism, alternative blues-journalism, Madrid


This article discusses how the blues music scene in Madrid (Spain) produces its own media and communication networks, based on the genre’s traditional and current development, in contrast to the lack of attention from mainstream media. Focusing on three key alternative blues-journalists whose activities relate to different periods, I trace the evolution of their practices in relationship to the scene. Overall, they have shifted from a more individual, discursive construction of the genre and the scene to the collective development of associative endeavours like the “Madrid Blues Society”. I argue that in the contemporary context, where conventional media fail to provide a music press apparatus to the scene, the contributions of alternative blues-journalists, who vocationally commit to blues dissemination for long periods, provide a community sharing practice for scene participants, contributing to the scene’s reproduction and gradually developing a higher self-consciousness that adapts to its dynamics.

Author Biography

Josep Pedro, FPU pre-doctoral researcher at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) - Complutense University of Madrid, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

Josep Pedro Caranaña is a PhD student at Complutense University of Madrid, Department of Journalism III. He holds a five-year degree in Film and Media Studies and a Master’s degree in Sociocultural Analysis, and is currently working on an interdisciplinary dissertation based on the study of the blues music scenes in Austin, Texas and Madrid. His main research interests include popular music as well as communication and sociological studies, mainly related to African-American culture. In addition to numerous conference presentations, Josep’s publications in English and Spanish have appeared in The Handbook of Texas Music, International Association for the Study of Popular Music Journal, Cuadernos de Información y Comunicación, Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos, and Síneris Revista de Musicología. He is also a contributor to forthcoming reference works such as The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter, and Routledge’s Jazz and Totalitarianism. Josep has collaborated in national and international magazines, websites and cultural organizations such as Ruta 66, All About Jazz and Diverse Arts Culture Works.


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