Passivity and Engagement in Popular Music Essay by Master Researcher

Passivity and Engagement in Popular Music
Examines the role that the concepts of populism and commercialism play in the definition of popular music.
# 41654 | 900 words | 5 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2003 in Music Studies (Contemporary)

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This paper will argue, with reference to a variety of cultural and music criticism, that popular music has been defined by a dynamic tension between populism and commercialism. As will be seen, while the cultural industry has a remarkable capacity to co-opt and shape subcultural products, subcultures also repeatedly challenge, parody and reinvent mainstream "patterned and pre-digested" products.

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