Macon Holt “On Popular Music” (2021)

Macon Holt:
On Popular Music

Out on May 1, 2021

This essay was originally published by Passive/Aggressive in 2020 as “Kodwo Eshun, Mark Fisher and Beyoncé’s Lemonade — a Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism”
Edited by Simon Christensen.

20 pages.
100 copies.
Copenhagen, May 2021
Design & print: Wilfred Wagner.
Illustration: “Hip Ennui” by Joachim Drescher.

In this series:
Macon Holt “On Popular Music” (2021)
Pauline Oliveros “Bryd stilheden” (2021)
Steve Goodman “Sonisk krigsførelse” (2020)
Éliane Radigue “Tiden er uden betydning” (2019)
K-Punk: Or how Mark Fisher intensifies the political possibilities of music (2019)

In On Popular Music (a title appropriated from an essay by the legendary grump, Theodor Adorno) the cultural theorist, Macon Holt, summarises the thesis of his book Pop Music and Hip Ennui: A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism in an accessible way that dumbs nothing down. Starting with an exploration of the renowned theorists, Mark Fisher, Kodwo Eshun and Slavoj Žižek, Holt shows how pop music, from Beyoncé and Jessie J to Sun Ra and Drexciya, helps to shape our understanding and experience of the world around us and even can set or expand the limits of what is politically possible.

Macon Holt is a published writer, lecturer and contributing editor at Passive/Aggressive. He holds a PhD from The Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Operative Fictions at Copenhagen Business School. His book “Pop Music and Hip Ennui: A Sonic Fiction to Capitalist Realism” is available via Bloomsbury Academic.

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