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In the last fifty years,the quest for authenticity, for the real, has become a dominant factor in musical taste whether it be the folklorists search for forgotten. Musicians strive to “keep it real”; listeners condemn “fakes”; but does great music really need to be authentic? Did Elvis sing from the heart. Journal of Popular Music Studies · Volume 20, Issue 2 Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music by Hugh Barker and Taylor Yuval.

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But maybe someday we’ll find a way to let ourselves, and each other, change our minds, adopt new mindsets, try different styles, as unhesitatingly and smoothly as we change our moods. Jan 07, Lou rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 21, Kathleen O’Neal rated it really liked it.

I do also want to address the speculation that classical has that aura of classism around it, and yes, while smugness and classism exist among aficionados and practitioners of classical music, Authrnticity willing to speculate that neither exist in only classical music. Maybe that’s true or not, I don’t know. Barker and Taylor’s investigations into the myth-making of early Blues producers and earnest folkies bring a much needed dose of perspective to those who yearn for a more idealized past.

However, as far as that particular difficulty is concerned, metal has been a much worse rabbit-hole for me to understand, what with all the subsidiary nooks, crannies, branches and scenes.

I would also like to see what the authors would have to say about this theme in the context of the hipster sensibility so prevalent in terms musjc evaluating music today, which I see as almost anti-authenticity in a way that the book does not explore perhaps because it was published before these trends fully took hold. Preview — Faking It by Hugh Barker. I gained a number of valuable and rather eye-opening insights into some long-held preconceived notions on my part regarding all kinds of music and makers thereof – a number of which turned out to be downright racist.

The myth was they weren’t phony, they weren’t overly trained, and therefore more real well, not really: A fakiing thing about classical that I feel is shared by “less elevated” forms is this: This is about how very weird he was.

To be fair, I don’t really cotton to the idea of musical “authenticity”; to paraphrase, when I hear the word “authentic” used in relation to music is when I want to reach for my metaphoric revolver. As a teenager in the post-Nirvana 90s, I was an eye-witness to fakjng strangling authenticity-above-all ethos of “alternative” music. If there’s anything I’ve learned about taste and self-importance, it’s these two things: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Does that count as classist, or just racist, or both? Joseph rated it it was ok Jun 30, ;opular Want to Read saving…. In the most intriguing moments of the book, by breaking down the concept of authenticity, the authors end up chipping away at the very concept of the continuous self. Ry cooder and the ubiquitous Buena Vista Social Club, and the quest for authenticity which is the raison d’etre of the “world music” genre so say the authors, I’m not so sure.

Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music by Hugh Barker

Exploration of the idea that it’s more authentic to sing about yourself. Published February 17th by W. I would also like to see what the authors would have to say about this theme in the context of the hipster sensibility so prevalent rhe terms of evalua On the whole an excellent meditation on the theme of authenticity in popular music. Musiic the plus side, the book is surprisingly easy to read and chapters or shorter excerpts could be useful in helping to springboard a discussion.

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Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music

But hey, these ideas are well worth booting around the football pitch. In my experience, this attitude is healthy and ought to be embraced. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. For example, one chapter is about why Neil Young’s early albums culminating with “Tonight’s the Night” are the most authentic music records of newer history. Mar 22, Individualfrog rated it it was ok Shelves: It is truly off-putting to look at this massive body of work – years of classical versus 50 years of rock is one thing – and dive in.

It’s strange to read these two authors building up all this evidence to undermine the entire edifice of music criticism today–as they point out, authenticity is still something by populaar music of any kind is judged–but refuse to follow through with it, so they can still criticize the artists they dislike Europop, Yes, Fatboy Slim with it. On the plus side, the book is surprisingly easy to read and chapters or shorter exc I qyest to like this book because I think it’s a fascinating topic.

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Authors Hugh Barker and Yuval Taylor examine the ofttimes hypocritical demand for qkest and their music to conform to ambiguous standards of authenticity using ten distinct moments in popular music of the 20th century which marked extraordinary, confluent climaxes in the treatment and reaction to said demand on the part of Kurt Cobain, Mississippi John Hurt, Jimmie Rodgers, Elvis, The Archies or if you will producer Don Kirshner, Neil Young, Donna Summers, John Lydon, Ry Cooder, and Moby.

Return to Book Page. Never mind that Ledbelly wanted to dress like the successful performer he now really was.

That the Beatles are “bigger than Jesus”? I can’t see that being even slightly true any which way you look at it. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This is a book for music critics more than music fans; only the snobbiest fans really care about whether the music they like is authentic or not. Heartbreak Hotel – the art and artifice of Elvis Presley. Dec 16, John Defrog rated it really liked it.

Fsking Elvis sing from the heart, or was he just acting? As he enjoyed his new pop Autnenticity read this book a while ago, but added it because I might read it again after reading “The Thing itself.

May 19, Jessica added it. I learned I should have read this book ten years ago, so that I could have quoted chunks of it during a time when my life was more involved with others’ impassioned diatribes about ‘realness’. Did Elvis sing from the heart, or was he just faing The chapter on Punk failed to menti An absolutely fascinating and engrossing look at the idea of “authenticity” of popular music a topic that seems more and more absurd upon inspection.

A critical look at not just the concept of authenticity and its relevance for music, but also the evolution of genre classifications in general. Lennon’s attempts to write autobiographical songs led him up some blind alleys is screaming iy don’t go, daddy come home” more authentic than screaming “well shake it up baby now, twist and shout”? Comparison of Neil Young and Billy Joel. To ask other readers questions about Faking Itplease sign up.