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Join Together With the Band: Authenticating Collective Creativity in Bands and the Myth of Rock Authenticity Reappraised

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Adam Behr



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This article considers how the group identity of rock bands relates to discourses of authenticity. Exposés of the Romantic rock ideology, while broadly convincing, have overlooked the extent to which it incorporated the collective creativity of bands. Building on Moore’s reorientation towards processes of authentication, rather than “authenticity” as a quality in itself, I assess the band as the site of intimate conjunctions between creativity and sociability, a method against which audiences make authenticating judgments. I suggest that deliberations surrounding genre and authenticity have overemphasized aesthetic and industrial processes and highlight the social practices underpinning them.

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Author(s): Behr A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Rock Music Studies

Year: 2015

Volume: 2

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-21

Print publication date: 02/02/2015

Online publication date: 15/10/2014

Acceptance date: 23/09/2014

Date deposited: 26/10/2015

ISSN (print): 1940-1159

ISSN (electronic): 1940-1167

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/19401159.2014.969976


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