Critique Of The Defense Of Cover Songs

1637 WordsNov 14, 20157 Pages
Critique for “In Defense of Cover Songs” There is a belief in today’s society snowballing from the past that a cover song is merely a copy or rip off of the original. This dilemma is discussed in an article Don Cusic, who has taught courses in the music business industry since 1982 and is known as a pioneer of music business education. Cusic’s other accomplishments and credibility come from being a historian of country music, a scholar and writer known worldwide, and an author of over 209 books and 500 articles (Belmont University). The reason that cover songs are an important discussion in today’s society is because there is an increase in cover song creation and also a steady increase of criticism of cover songs. This is due to the creation of increasingly popular video uploading sites on the internet like “YouTube” where any person can go in, view a cover song and assert that it is bad because it is not the original song. The article “In Defense of Cover Songs” is a strong argumentative article with weak points due to it providing strong historical information on a cover song’s influence on the creation of major known songs and artists and that it conveys a weak, unprofessional bias opinion from the author. Cusic argues that cover songs are a person’s own interpretation of a song and those critics and fans should not belittle a cover song compared to an original song. First, in the article, he discusses the loss of money that comes from co-writing, the negative views
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