Through his meticulous study of 48 indie-rock musicians aspiring musical success, Ramirez sketches a captivating picture of the motivations, considerations, and concerns of these musicians and their endeavors to make music their vocation. In its essence, the book aims to answer a question that lies at the heart of most cultural work: How do persons aspiring for a job that is often perceived as leisure negotiate expectations of “serious” careers and the (gendered) economic realities offered by adulthood?