Cultural Legitimacy or “Outsider Hip”?: Representational Ambiguity and the Significance of Steely Dan

Clements, Paul. 2009. Cultural Legitimacy or “Outsider Hip”?: Representational Ambiguity and the Significance of Steely Dan. Leisure Studies, 28(2), pp. 189-206. ISSN 0261-4367 [Article]

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Steely Dan, a rock band which has consistently produced high calibre songs but eschewed celebrity, embodies a particular idiosyncratic rock genre that contains originality, craftsmanship and a critical attitude to art and life. In many ways the core musicians can be regarded as intellectuals whose songs offer particular individualised and self-driven ‘outsider’ identities for the fan but also claim cultural authority.
This article explores the ambiguous socio-cultural and musical space occupied by the band in relation to rock music and the 1970s context more generally. It examines techniques of production, lyrical content, fan attachment and broader signification with regards to individual style and cultural legitimisation.
It also critically assesses theoretical arguments that consider the positioning of the music within modernist and postmodernist discourses.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/02614360902769886

Keywords:

alienation; mannerist; middle-brow; popular modern; self-styled distinction

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE)

Dates:

DateEvent
2009Published

Item ID:

3477

Date Deposited:

09 Sep 2010 07:36

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 10:47

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/3477

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