Topic: Pop Music (John Cage, Elvis and 2NE1)
Speaker: Assoc. Prof. John Phillips
This talk is an overview of the meaning of the "popular" in the evolving context of pop music from the early days of the twentieth century to the present. The word popular, implying the communal, practical and often political activities of a people, has evolved during more than a century of rapid media development. I aim to show why there exist invariable principles behind what may be called the pop music event (e.g., Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Bob Marley, Utada Hikaru, S Club7, 2NE1). The talk puts critical theory to work with a selection of pertinent cases to show the argument of the book I am currently writing.