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Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music

Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music
Author: Hugh Barker - Yuval Taylor
ISBN 13: 9780393060782
ISBN 10: 393060780
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2007-02-17
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
List Price: $25.95

Musicians strive to “keep it real”; listeners condemn “fakes”; ... but does great music really need to be authentic?

Publishers Weekly

Barker and Taylor's exploration of the idea of authenticity in modern music takes them from the falsely labeled "pure" and "primitive" style of Leadbelly to the first truly "autobiographical song" (Jimmie Rodger's version of "TB Blues"), the disintegration of the Monkees and Neil Young's "Drugged-out, driven, and death soaked" album Tonight's the Night what the authors believe to be the most "honest" rock record of all time. Strangely, the book does not include a discussion of hip-hop, a surprising omission given the attention paid to other aspects of black music and the genre's particular concern with the book's themes. By the end, Barker (a musician and songwriter) and Taylor (I Was Born a Slave) find the distinction between real and fake "[b]reaking down and becoming increasingly meaningless." It becomes clear that even seemingly obvious examples of authentic and inauthentic defy easy categorization when scrutinized. After all, is disco's well-intentioned alternate reality any less "real" than the violent, "mocking pretenses" of the Sex Pistols? Though the book's final conclusions are not revelatory, it offers an intriguing take on the development of popular music. (Mar.)

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