Popular Music: Creativity and Authenticity

  • Phillip McIntyre


While film and photography have struggled with their attempts to be recognised as ‘Art’, we also should be able to see that the concept of ‘Art’ itself is a culturally specific and somewhat anachronistic one. When we also shine the light of enquiry onto Western popular music we can see that this conception of ‘Art’, as a foundational and often unquestioned assumption linked to notions of creativity by those working within popular music, has led to a set of beliefs, norms and value systems that themselves seem antiquated in the face of current research into creativity. In support of this contention I will argue that, once we reconceptualise creativity based on the research that has been conducted for a number of years now, it also becomes necessary to rethink what may constitute authenticity since, for the popular music art world, one conception may be deeply connected to the other.


Culture Industry Popular Music Music Industry Record Company Creative Team 
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