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Vignette: Busking on the London Underground

Macon Holt

Macon Holt completed his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmith University of London, UK, in 2017. He is a contributing editor at the music magazine Passive/Aggressive and his writing has appeared in Atlas Magasin, Blacklisted Copenhagen, The Ark Review and Full Stop. He has taught at Lund University, The Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Leeds College of music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Pop Music and Hip Ennui : A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Switching lines at Kings Cross tube station, I was witnessed to an increasingly rare sight on the London Underground: an unlicensed busker playing to a crowd of underwhelmed passersby. Slumped in an alcove along the walkway, the man in his...

Vignette: The Stones

Macon Holt

Macon Holt completed his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmith University of London, UK, in 2017. He is a contributing editor at the music magazine Passive/Aggressive and his writing has appeared in Atlas Magasin, Blacklisted Copenhagen, The Ark Review and Full Stop. He has taught at Lund University, The Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Leeds College of music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Pop Music and Hip Ennui : A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Standing in Hyde Park during “Barclaycard’s presentation of British Summer-time,” I was immersed in the sonic shimmer, or perhaps it was the aura of the Rolling Stones. But despite not glimpsing the band or even passing through the entrance...

Vignette: Two of Two: On Xiu Xiu and Mixing

Macon Holt

Macon Holt completed his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmith University of London, UK, in 2017. He is a contributing editor at the music magazine Passive/Aggressive and his writing has appeared in Atlas Magasin, Blacklisted Copenhagen, The Ark Review and Full Stop. He has taught at Lund University, The Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Leeds College of music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Pop Music and Hip Ennui : A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism

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...Before I learned to play guitar, I often did not know what I was hearing when listening to music. Since learning, there are many occasions when I miss this particular capacity for ignorance. I recognize that some of this stems from...

Vignette: On “Bored in the USA” on Letterman on YouTube (Now Removed)

Macon Holt

Macon Holt completed his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmith University of London, UK, in 2017. He is a contributing editor at the music magazine Passive/Aggressive and his writing has appeared in Atlas Magasin, Blacklisted Copenhagen, The Ark Review and Full Stop. He has taught at Lund University, The Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Leeds College of music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Pop Music and Hip Ennui : A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...This video of Father John Misty, performing “Bored in the USA” (2015) on The Late Show with David Letterman was uploaded onto YouTube in November of 2014.The reason for the parenthetical addendum to this title of this vignette...

Vignette: Jessie J at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics

Macon Holt

Macon Holt completed his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmith University of London, UK, in 2017. He is a contributing editor at the music magazine Passive/Aggressive and his writing has appeared in Atlas Magasin, Blacklisted Copenhagen, The Ark Review and Full Stop. He has taught at Lund University, The Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Leeds College of music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Pop Music and Hip Ennui : A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism

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...This is a moment that exists only for television. The people here are here for the benefit of television. They may have their own reasons for attending woven into the course of their lives, some profound, some banal. Just to call...

Vignette: One of Two: Carly Simon’s New Boyfriend

Macon Holt

Macon Holt completed his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmith University of London, UK, in 2017. He is a contributing editor at the music magazine Passive/Aggressive and his writing has appeared in Atlas Magasin, Blacklisted Copenhagen, The Ark Review and Full Stop. He has taught at Lund University, The Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Leeds College of music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Pop Music and Hip Ennui : A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...I tried to sit, and write about a feeling I had had when I was younger. But it took some time and effort for me to go back far enough. The teenage years are the obstacle as this was a time when the discursive structures that surrounded me...

Sounds Like the Future Will Never Arrive

Macon Holt

Macon Holt completed his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmith University of London, UK, in 2017. He is a contributing editor at the music magazine Passive/Aggressive and his writing has appeared in Atlas Magasin, Blacklisted Copenhagen, The Ark Review and Full Stop. He has taught at Lund University, The Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Leeds College of music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Pop Music and Hip Ennui : A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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... and the seeming inability of many in the cultural establishment to understand it as such (Holt 2018). A week or so later I received an email. After a little research to check to whom I would be addressing with my reply, I came to the conclusion...

Catharsis

Macon Holt

Macon Holt completed his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmith University of London, UK, in 2017. He is a contributing editor at the music magazine Passive/Aggressive and his writing has appeared in Atlas Magasin, Blacklisted Copenhagen, The Ark Review and Full Stop. He has taught at Lund University, The Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Leeds College of music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Pop Music and Hip Ennui : A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Feelin’ Good To be overcome by geopolitical guilt sucks. This section’s title is a reference to a lyric (Simone 2013). It feels lousy. But even when you don’t take in that grand scale, there are so many little, and not so little, things...

Conjunction

Macon Holt

Macon Holt completed his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmith University of London, UK, in 2017. He is a contributing editor at the music magazine Passive/Aggressive and his writing has appeared in Atlas Magasin, Blacklisted Copenhagen, The Ark Review and Full Stop. He has taught at Lund University, The Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Leeds College of music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Pop Music and Hip Ennui : A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...More, More, MoreWhat the previous chapters have shown is that pop music is haunted. This section’s title is a reference to a lyric (Andrea True Connection 1997). It is haunted by a capacity for absorption and attention capture that cannot...

Attention

Macon Holt

Macon Holt completed his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmith University of London, UK, in 2017. He is a contributing editor at the music magazine Passive/Aggressive and his writing has appeared in Atlas Magasin, Blacklisted Copenhagen, The Ark Review and Full Stop. He has taught at Lund University, The Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Leeds College of music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Pop Music and Hip Ennui : A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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... was then contemporary, mainstream popular music in the UK (Holt 2012). What I found then was that, with very few exceptions, the UK top twenty was made up of two major musical trends: a sizeable minority of balladic songs by singer/songwriters...