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1066 Music City Network welcomes Shain Shapiro book launch

Written by Shain Shapiro, This Must Be the Place explores how music can make cities better. This Must Be the Place introduces and examines music’s relationship to cities. Not the influence cities have on music, but the powerful impact music can have on how cities are developed, built, managed and governed. On 29 November, The Hastings Bookshop welcomes Shain Shapiro for his book launch and Q and A. Hannah Deeble writes.

Told in an accessible way through personal stories from cities around the world — including London, Melbourne, Nashville, Austin and Zurich — This Must Be the Place takes a truly global perspective on the ways music is integral to everyday life but neglected in public policy.

Arguing for the transformative role of artists and musicians in a post-pandemic world, This Must Be The Place not only examines the powerful impact music can have on our cities, but also serves 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 Hastings Bookshop and the 1066 Music City Network will welcome author Shain Shapiro on the evening of 29 November for a book launch, Q&A and panel discussion.

The event, which is free to attend, will include a Q&A with Shain Shapiro hosted by local journalist Andy Gunton, followed by a panel to discuss the local scene. Tickets should be reserved through eventbrite. Hastings Bookshop, 7pm Wednesday 29th November. To join the network email

The 1066 Music city Network is a voluntary collective of organisations and individuals working within music in the 1066 region. The network was relaunched this year, welcoming all to join in order to share knowledge, contacts and experience and benefit from shared promotion of the area. The network is led by a steering group, currently chaired by Hannah Deeble (Hastings Fat Tuesday) and Tina Morris (Audiotrope/Coastal Currents). The group organise network meetings and events, and have an email group and facebook group for all to join. The steering group aims to advocate for the wider network.

Shain Shapiro

Engaging, insightful, and full of practical examples and advice, This Must Be the Place is an essential read for anyone interested in the power of music to shape our cities and our lives.”

– Harvey Mason jr, CEO, The Recording Academy

In This Must Be the Place, Shapiro reimagines digitalisms artificial constructs and devises new and transformative means for bringing people together in our constantly evolving cityscapes. In Shapiros brave new world, its the music that ineluctably matters.” 

– Kenneth Womack, Professor of English and Popular Music, Monmouth University & author of Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles

“In a masterful take on the complex relationship between the music we love and the cities we live in, Shapiro shows us that music can be a powerful urban planning tool for the places we call home.”

Panos A. Panay, President of the Recording Academy, and author of Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation

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Posted 11:37 Friday, Nov 17, 2023 In: Music & Sound

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