MUSIC – Those horrible pop songs that Theodor Adorno hated

Nothing but propaganda according to the Marxist critic, and so damned popular!

ESPECIALLY FOR YOU — Bonnie Baker (with Orrin Tucker and his orchestra).

“The sheer idiocy of a mass product created especially for you assumes the character of a ghastly necessity. Individual needs have been so ruthlessly eliminated from the product that they have to be invoked like magic formulae (…).” Called by his American colleague Paul Lazarsfeld to take part in research into the effects radio had on its audiences during the Thirties, philosopher Theodor Adorno, a musicologist and Marxist, got his own back. He explained that pop songs are all standardised, childish forms of propaganda. One product among the many advertised on radio.

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