Blaming or Defending Disco? Analyzing the historical development of the mainstream journalistic discourse about authenticity of electronic music in Germany during the decade 1975-1984

Ambra Cavallaro


By means of a critical analysis of the electronic-popular-music discourse in the German mainstream magazine Musikexpress in the decade 1975-1985, this paper traces back the historic development of journalists’assessment standards for virtuosity, authenticity and subversion in the electronic-music-age. Results show how cultural industry applies its hegemonic influence on musical discourses through media institutions and Pop/Rock intellectuals, in order to satisfy market requirements.


music; electronic popular music; cultural industry

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DOI: 10.6092/issn.2280-9481/6874


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