When I'm (Not) 'Ere

Erraught, Stan (2017) When I'm (Not) 'Ere. In: Popular Music Studies Today. Systematische Musikwissenschaft . Springer International Publishing AG, pp. 97-101. ISBN 978-3-658-17739-3

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Abstract

Abstract In Aesthetic Theory, Adorno repeatedly posits what might be called the place-holder thesis; the notion that autonomous art keeps open a space for ‘a praxis beyond the spell of labour’ (AT 12) or functions as a ‘plenipotentiary of a liveable world’ (AT 40). Popular music, of course, for Adorno, has no such function, merely affirming the ever same of domination. In this paper, I would like to suggest that 1) Certain places, both as locations and as names, have functioned as meto-nyms for the utopian in popular music: the locations we go to, or go back to, New Orleans, Kansas City, Cali. etc. and 2) Despite Adorno’s strictures, we can use his notion of the ‘non-identical’ as exemplified in the place-name to interrogate this power.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Adorno, Utopia, Place-names.
Members: Bucks New University
Depositing User: Stan Erraught
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 07:27
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2017 07:27
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/15033

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