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Theodor Adorno's music theory

Theodor Adorno argues that popular music and â??seriousâ?? music are fundamentally different forms of culture. According to his argument, how is popular music different from â??seriousâ?? music? Further, why is popular music different when it is produced by â??the culture industryâ??? What purpose does it serve for capitalism? Finally, does his argument still hold true for popular music today? For this final question, provide ample support with an example from contemporary popular music and if relevant, bring in additional concepts (such as hegemony) as you see fit.

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He asserts that popular music differs from serious music because the entire form or structure of popular music is standardized. He seems to maintain that serious music encompasses more individuality or voice, I feel. In terms of structure, he deems popular music as much more formulaic or rigid. Do you agree?

As you look at how Adorno viewed popular music in terms of its culture industry, he seems to suggest that we as consumers aren't just buying a product (the new Lady Antebellum CD), we are also buying the packaging, the repetition of ...

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Theodor Adorno's music theory is explained from a personal vantage point and also citing pop culture references from today.