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Music, etc. by Eric D. Johnson

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Selling Out

Some notes from an email I sent into a discussion list while working on ideas about how to talk about pop music that stands against pop music. It’s not exactly right in some places, but it does a good job of explaining where my thinking about pop music and authenticity comes from. Written in reply to the estimable Tony Thomas, I’m trying to salvage what was good (or at least necessary) about being worried about selling out, while recognizing what’s really problematic about the foundations of the whole idea.

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July 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Unpop

…is short for Unpopular Popular Music, which I wrote about in my recently completed dissertation for the University of Iowa Department of American Studies. ┬áThe term refers to music (folk … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · 1 Comment
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