Postnationalism, Postmodernism and the German Discourse(s) of Weltmusik

Lawrence & Wishart Ltd
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Journal Article
New Formations, 2009, 66 (1), pp. 100 - 117
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Since the mid-1960s, just after the time at which Jameson posits the emergence of postmodernist aesthetics, German musicians and producers, operating in a range of fields of musical production from highbrow Ernste-Musik (serious music) to jazz and rock, have experimented with notions of Weltmusik (a term I will not translate since, in German discourses, Weltmusik has tended to signify western music in which various musical components are thought to synthesise into a whole, whereas the English term `world music' has often been used by the music industry as a marketing label to represent `authentic' musics from the margins).
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