This study aims to highlight some of the prominent theoretical viewpoints on popular culture and
popular music. The focus is to explore the academic views on the subject including theories from
the three prominent advocates, Theodor W. Adorno, Stuart Hall and Simon Frith. As such, the
question ‘what can be understood and interpreted by authenticity in Afro-American popular music
today?’ has been attempted answered. Furthermore, the concept of authenticity within the
academic fields of work surrounding popular music, is explored. By clarifying some of the
different ways in which the term ‘authenticity’ has been defined by academics, this study provides
a deeper understanding of the term, and the different ways in which it is theoretically obtained.
With a focus on authenticity within popular culture, this study provides insight into the academic
works of cultural researchers Adorno and Horkheimer, Hall and Frith. Through thorough literary
analysis of songs by musicians J. Cole and Solange, this study investigates how lyrical content
plays a key role in the process of authenticating music, and also, how black popular music, through
its lyricism, underline major points about popular- and black popular culture and its significance.
These points will contribute to a discussion on the correlation between black popular music dealing
with racial subjects, criteria of authentication.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||27 maj 2019|
|Vejledere||Zoran Lee Pecic|