Mediated Music Makers

'Mediated Music Makers' - Constructing author images in popular music

Laura Ahonen

Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology Publ. 16, Helsinki 2007
(ISSN 0785-2746, ISBN 978-952-99945-0-2)

Mediated music makers discusses the mediated construction of author images in popular music.
The author images of rock auteurs, pop stars and electronic dance music artists are examined alongside such varied topics as collective authorship, evaluative hierarchies, visual promotion and generic conventions. As the case studies demonstrate, the question of authorship is connected with a number of themes ranging from issues of auteurism and stardom to the use of masked imagery and the blending of authorial voices.

Taken altogether, this book sheds light on the functioning of popular music culture and the ways in which musical authorship is (re)defined.