Popular Culture and the Music of Elliott Smith Research Paper by Pinkgnome

Popular Culture and the Music of Elliott Smith
A look at the sociological implications of the development of popular music, with particular reference to the music of Elliott Smith.
# 59909 | 3,533 words | 22 sources | MLA | 2005 | GB
Published on Jul 06, 2005 in Sociology (General) , Music Studies (General)

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This paper examines popular music from the 60s to the present day as an area of sociological and musicological change. The paradoxical concepts in Elliott Smith's music are discussed in order to highlight the key issues in the development of popular music-- authenticity, mass culture, subculture, standardization and post-modernism.

From the Paper:

"The music of Elliott Smith (1969-2003) exemplifies the presence of the Adorno / Benjamin debate in contemporary popular music, most pertinently on XO (1998). This album pivots between authenticity of expression and commercial appeal, mass cultural and subcultural generic trends, and thus between the democratization and the standardization of popular music. Yet, despite its fusion of these paradoxical dichotomies, XO is an unassuming work; indeed, it seamlessly disguises its competing ideologies."

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Popular Culture and the Music of Elliott Smith (2005, July 06) Retrieved March 25, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/popular-culture-and-the-music-of-elliott-smith-59909/

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"Popular Culture and the Music of Elliott Smith" 06 July 2005. Web. 25 March. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/popular-culture-and-the-music-of-elliott-smith-59909/>