what people talk when they

let’s talk about the process of once formally or socially “radical” music getting written up and maybe sanitized, maybe rehabilitized, maybe just turned into some critic’s object lesson.

is it right to call 1980s american hardcore “populist?” 60s free jazz “nationalist?” is it fun for you to wonder whether john cage is high modern of postmodern? it’s fun for me.

what’s a worse sin, to clumsily make “political” these art forms, or to get all grecian urn about it and act like any such sullying with real time relations is like wet-farting in the fruit punch?  it probably depends on the aim of the interlocuters.

me, i’m just going for better-than-barstool, blog palaver.

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One Response to “what people talk when they”

  1. minx Says:

    I still don’t really understand what someone means when s/he calls a work of art or culture “populist”. Until about two years ago, I didn’t have a clue beyond some vague idea that the given work was “for the general population” (whatever that means). I find that playing dumb in these situations reveals the truth that my own notions, even if convincing in level 1 intellectual banter, are even more dumb when considered as analogous to me discussing the horrors of war, for example.

    By the way, I made a piece called Populism.


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