David Cook: "Permanent" Term Paper by Nicky

A biography of the life of David Cook and review of his song "Permanent," in light of the theories of Theodor Adorno.
# 150250 | 2,262 words | 11 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2012 in Music Studies (General)

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This paper discusses how David Cook, an American rock singer and songwriter, and winner of the 7th American Idol competition, is a poetic new force in American rock music. In particular it analyzes his song, "Permanent" which was was written in 2008 as a tribute to his brother, but did not gain international airing or prominence until early 2009. The paper also introduces the theories of Theodor Adorno a German born sociologist, philosopher, musicologist and composer. In particular, it looks at how three major points within Adorno's "Social Critique of Radio Music" are directly applicable to David Cook.

From the Paper:

"David was born in 1982, and raised in Blue Springs, Missouri. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri, not far from his parents. He was raised the middle child of three brothers, was an avid baseball player until an injury forced him to focus more on his music. David first began playing guitar at the age of 12, and, like many teens of his generation, toyed with the idea of becoming a professional musician. David graduated from college with a degree in Graphic Design, but moved to Oklahoma to pursue his dream of a music career. It was a fluke that David even auditioned for Idol, since his original reason for even attending the auditions was to support his brother, who unfortunately did not make it to the finals. After his win on Idol, David continued his success with top marks from an international audience, hungry for his heartfelt, yet homespun poetic songs and artistry. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adorno, T. (2001). The Culture Industry. Routledge.
  • Adorno, T. (2004). "A Social Critique of Radio Music - From the Kenyon Review (1945)." In Peterson, J. and P. Simonson. Mass Communication and AmericanSocial Thought: Key Texts, 1919-1968. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Bottum, J. (2000). "Soundtracking of America." The Atlantic Monthly. 283(3): 56-96.
  • Christenson, P. (2003). "Equipment for Living: Music Fits in the Lives of Youth." In Ravitch, D. and J. Viteritti, eds. Kid Stuff" Marketing Sex and Violence to America's Children. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Edgar, A. and P. Sedgwick. (1999). Key Concepts in Cultural Theory. Routlege.

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