Relevance of Adorno's Philosophy within Today's Culture of Popular Music

841 Words Feb 17th, 2018 3 Pages
Adorno, a German philosopher, claimed that popular music is a product of industrialisation within his critique of mass culture. Adorno contended in his criticism that ‘the same thing is offered to everybody by the standardised production of consumption goods" which is concealed under "the manipulation of taste and the official culture's pretence of individualism’1. Adorno’s theory has come under scrutiny by scholars over time as a result of notable flaws. Roy Shuker states in Understanding Popular Music that Adorno’s undermined his own work in his ignorance towards the rise of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950’s, instead furthering in essays about Tin Pan Alley and jazz-orientated variations of it. 2 Theodor Adorno Meets The Cadillacs is an article by Bernard Gendron that discusses the implications of Adorno’s lie in technological advances tends to promote individuality of music styles. Max Paddison suggests in The Critique Criticised: Adorno and Popular Music that there is substance of value within Adorno’s theory that can be appropriated into a more advanced concept of analysing popular music. This essay will implore the question of how relevant Adorno’s philosophy remains within today’s culture of popular music.

Adorno lead the Frankfurt School of Thought, a social and political philosophical movement located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. This paradigm is the original source of critical theory developed by the Marxists, which stresses the reflective assessment and…