11.11.2006

Second-order quoting

Ellen Willis, via The Rest Is Noise:

...far from being a grass-roots art form that has been taken over by businessmen, rock itself comes from the commercial exploitation of blues. It is bourgeois at its core, a mass-produced commodity, dependent on advanced technology and therefore on the money controlled by those in power. Its rebelliousness does not imply specific political content; it can be — and has been — criminal, fascistic, and coolly individualistic as well as revolutionary. It can simply be a more pleasurable way of surviving within the system, which is what the pop sensibility has always been about.
Maybe I really respond to this because I work in TV, for which this is true squared. Actually I feel this way about all art; we think it elevates but it doesn't necessarily; think of the moment in "Schindler's List" where the Nazis have busted into a house and one of them plays Bach. Art is against the market, or alongside of it, and in this day and age that's a useful corrective. But that doesn't mean you know what it's for.

Also, Alex Ross has been blogging his ass off. Example here and here.

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