Swim until you can't see land: lived experiences of creative life histories

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This six year study draws on some affecting encounters found in explorations of the lives of independent (indie) musicians. Long-term research relationships are not often referred to within creativity literature. Through reflecting on these relationships this study explores the lived experiences and emotions of independent (indie) musicians, among whom value is placed on the quality of their art, artistic autonomy, and artist-led approaches to production. The study provides insights into the construction of the musicians’ indie identities, the entwined precarity of their creativity and mental health, and therein my own experiences as a researcher to approaching and exploring the expression of such sensitive yet embodied creativity.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-36
JournalThe Journal of Genius & Eminence
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 2020

Author keywords

  • Life histories, musicians, mental health, precarity