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Singer-songwriter authenticity, the unconscious and emotions (feat. Adele's "Someone Like You")

Till, Rupert (2016) Singer-songwriter authenticity, the unconscious and emotions (feat. Adele's "Someone Like You"). In: The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter. Cambridge Companions to Music . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 291-304. ISBN 978-1107680913

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This study addresses how singer-songwriters engage with emotion, unconscious processes, and effect, and therefore embodiment, feelings, and experiences. It also considers reception and various forms of mediation. This involves a discussion of authenticity of various types, of inscribing and ascribing authentication. It questions the use of the term singer-songwriter, what it means to use this term to refer to popular music composition, and whether it relates to a set of practices or a genre. Adele’s song ‘Someone Like You’ is used as a case study that illustrates these issues. Additionally, this chapter will also draw upon interviews with successful musicians in order to answer these questions. While such an approach raises the issue of authorial intent as valuable to the study of texts, popular music, as a highly performative text, requires a differing approach. Even if one cannot be certain of the veracity of the opinions expressed by musicians in interviews, these reported opinions, as well as the other ways musicians present themselves to audiences, form an important element of their performativity, and greatly affect its reception. Whether or not addressing authorial intent is thought of as problematic or useful, it is in this situation certainly relevant, as it forms part of the artist’s field of activity, the artist acting as or constructing a frame around the music.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: singer-songwriter; popular music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
School of Music, Humanities and Media > Popular Music Studies Research Group
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Depositing User: Rupert Till
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 10:19
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2016 17:32


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