contribute. No expense involved!
You probably already know that IASPM has an online bibliographical database, hosted by the Fondazione Cini (Venice), at http://iismc.cini.it/.
The database is already quite useful but it could become an extremely useful, even invaluable, resource IF ONLY PEOPLE WOULD CONTRIBUTE to it.
to the database COSTS NOTHING and
The long and short of all this is as follows.
If you write about
popular music yourself or if you come across useful writings in our field
of study, please enter the relevant bibliographical details into the IASPM
So, not a good idea then, this database thing?
1. Dinosaurs for private knowledge
If you're the sort of person who prefers to keep knowledge and information to yourself (except of course when you publish it in peer-reviewed journals to further your career), or if you're the sort of intellectual control freak who wants the transfer of all knowledge in your mental territory to pass through your hands, you probably won't want to share your bibliographical information with the rest of us. You'd probably better register as a Dinosaur of Private Knowledge Ownership if you haven't already done so. You dinosaurs, like the Wall Street sharks, are an endangered predatory species and your extinction will be welcomed by all but a very few. No communal, collective, cooperative or collaboratory arguments will ever convince you, so you can stop reading now.
2. Everything for nothing
Perhaps you think that constructing, expanding and developing a popular music studies database is not your job, even if it may be in your interest. Excuse me but if it's not your job why should it be anyone else's? As an adult, do you really think you have the divine right to enjoy the fruits of everyone else's labour without contributing anything yourself? Oo-oo-oo! Your Majesty! We're your humble servants, are we? I don't apologise for this provocative tone. If you think everyone else is here for you and not you for them, you are bound to take offence at what I'm saying!
3. No interest
Perhaps you think the database is not all that interesting or useful. Perhaps you never write about popular music, perhaps you never inform anyone else about popular music, perhaps you never read anything about popular music, perhaps you have no pupils or students in popular music, perhaps you don't want to know anything new or different about popular music, perhaps you don't want to know where you can read work by different authors in different languages about popular music from different parts of the world. In those cases, I don't think you would waste time and money being a IASPM member, in which case you probably wouldn't be reading this in the first place.