The Value of Popular Music

An Approach from Post-Kantian Aesthetics

Authors: Stone, Alison

  • Brings a philosophical perspective to debates in popular music studies
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  • Provides a new defence of the aesthetic value of popular music
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  • Develops a unique philosophical approach to popular music which is informed by post-Kantian continental philosophy
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In this book, Alison Stone argues that popular music since rock-‘n’-roll is a unified form of music which has positive value. That value is that popular music affirms the importance of materiality and the body, challenging the long-standing Western elevation of the intellect above all things corporeal. Stone also argues that popular music’s stress on materiality gives it aesthetic value, drawing on ideas from the post-Kantian tradition in aesthetics by Hegel, Adorno, and others. She shows that popular music gives importance to materiality in its typical structure: in how music of this type handles the relations between matter and form, the relations between sounds and words, and in how it deals with rhythm, meaning, and emotional expression. Extensive use is made of musical examples from a wide range of popular music genres. This book is distinctive in that it defends popular music on philosophical grounds, particularly informed by the continental tradition in philosophy.
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About the authors

Alison Stone is Professor of European Philosophy at Lancaster University, UK. She is the author of books on Hegel’s philosophy of nature, Luce Irigaray, feminist philosophy, and motherhood, and numerous articles on topics in continental philosophy. She edited the Edinburgh Critical History of Nineteenth Century Philosophy and is co-editing the Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Evaluation, Aesthetics, and the Unity of Popular Music

    Stone, Alison

    Pages 1-33

  • Tracking Popular Music History with an Aesthetic Map

    Stone, Alison

    Pages 35-67

  • Adorno and Popular Music

    Stone, Alison

    Pages 69-108

  • Matter and Form in Popular Music

    Stone, Alison

    Pages 109-139

  • Rhythm, Energy, and the Body

    Stone, Alison

    Pages 141-171

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-46543-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Value of Popular Music
Book Subtitle
An Approach from Post-Kantian Aesthetics
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-46544-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-46544-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-46543-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVI, 294
Number of Illustrations and Tables
33 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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