Is Authenticity Important in Music?

One Direction

Is Authenticity Important in Music?

Stephen Graham, writing on his blog,  has looked at the idea of authenticity in relation to music — and in particular the band One Direction:

Just as particular artists’ authenticity shifts over time, so do the parameters and contexts of authenticity itself. It used to be (I use the past tense here more aspirationally than in any other respect) that in mainstream western classical music, for example, authenticity was measured in terms of ‘originality’ and ‘innovation’ – in short, was measured according to the floating yardstick of ‘genius’. That is not quite the case today.

Published on 15 November 2012

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