Authenticity, Empathy, and the Creative Imagination

Negus, K. and Astor, P. 2022. Authenticity, Empathy, and the Creative Imagination. Rock Music Studies. 9 (2), pp. 157-173. https://doi.org/10.1080/19401159.2021.1989272

TitleAuthenticity, Empathy, and the Creative Imagination
TypeJournal article
AuthorsNegus, K. and Astor, P.
Abstract

This article reviews the changing beliefs about artistic integrity and aesthetic value that feed into judgments of rock authenticity, taking issue with scholarship that reduces authenticity to acts of misguided judgment, myths, conceits, and fakery. It argues that there is no consensus about the meaning of authenticity in rock music, as understandings change according to the varied experiences, perceptions, circumstances, and vocabularies of participants. Authenticity in rock should not be approached cynically as if based on deception, gullibility, and ideological illusions, but for the insights it can provide into the circumstances that afford imaginative acts of creative connection and experiential empathy.

JournalRock Music Studies
Journal citation9 (2), pp. 157-173
ISSN1940-1159
1940-1167
Year2022
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/19401159.2021.1989272
Publication dates
Published online11 Oct 2021
Published in print2022

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