Creativity, Communication and Musical Experience

Negus, Keith and Pickering, Michael. 2002. Creativity, Communication and Musical Experience. In: Keith Negus and David Hesmondhalgh, eds. Popular Music Studies. London: Arnold, pp. 178-190. ISBN 0 340 76248 9 [Book Section]

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Creativity is one of the most important yet unexplored issues in the study of popular music. Its significance is routinely noted, usually in passing, and its value often taken for granted. Its conceptual status in music studies is that of an unquestioned commonplace. Most of all, it is raised in reference to what is taken to be in opposition to it, to what is held as restricting or obstructing its realisation and potential. This may be the obtuseness of executive managers, the interference of moral guardians, the financial imperatives driving the global entertainment industry, or any number of other factors or forces. Creativity is then invoked as a lucky talisman in a critical argument about something else. What it involves in its own right or what meanings it is made to carry are seldom subject to any critical attention. This neglect may be due, at least in part, to the difficulties associated with the term, for as soon as we start to look at all closely at the idea of creativity, we quickly become aware of a plethora of contradictory images and associations, assertions and judgements. If these are part of the problem, they cannot be negotiated simply by turning away and passing on to what are deemed to be more pressing concerns. In this chapter we want to begin grappling with all that is caught up in the concept of musical creativity, however difficult this may be. N

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creativity, musicians, cultural value

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