Nothing Is Real - Pop's Struggle With Authenticity [the Essay]

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01Living the life2017121120190311 (R3)

Author and broadcaster David Hepworth reflects on pop music's struggles with authenticity.
1/5. Leadbelly's managers wanted him to perform in prison stripes. He preferred his best suit. When Dylan arrived in New York he pretended to be a hobo. Seasick Steve was a producer of disco records. Why do rock fans care that their heroes have lived the real lives their songs describe?.

A Trevor Dann's Company production for BBC Radio 3.

Author David Hepworth reflects on pop music's struggles with authenticity.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

01Living The Life2017121120190311 (R3)

Author and broadcaster David Hepworth reflects on pop music's struggles with authenticity.
1/5. Leadbelly's managers wanted him to perform in prison stripes. He preferred his best suit. When Dylan arrived in New York he pretended to be a hobo. Seasick Steve was a producer of disco records. Why do rock fans care that their heroes have lived the real lives their songs describe?

A Trevor Dann's Company production for BBC Radio 3.

Author David Hepworth reflects on pop music's struggles with authenticity.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

02The Terminology2017121220190312 (R3)

Author and broadcaster David Hepworth reflects on pop music's struggles with authenticity.

2/5. From the elementary pop-rock schism of the '60s to the bewildering array of compounds mapping the contemporary musical landscape, pop terminology has been a trap for frauds and a charter for pseuds. there's only one term that works.

A Trevor Dann's Company production for BBC Radio 3.

David Hepworth discusses pop terminology - a trap for frauds and a charter for pseuds.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

02The Terminology2017121220190312 (R3)

Author and broadcaster David Hepworth reflects on pop music's struggles with authenticity.

2/5. From the elementary pop-rock schism of the '60s to the bewildering array of compounds mapping the contemporary musical landscape, pop terminology has been a trap for frauds and a charter for pseuds. there's only one term that works.

A Trevor Dann's Company production for BBC Radio 3.

David Hepworth discusses pop terminology - a trap for frauds and a charter for pseuds.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

03The importance of noise2017121320190313 (R3)

Author and broadcaster David Hepworth discusses pop music's struggles with authenticity.

3/5. Teenagers flocked to see The Blackboard Jungle in 1956 because it was the only way you could hear Rock Around The Clock loud. High volume drives distortion which is what makes rock music exciting. What's the difference between signal and noise?

A Trevor Dann's Company production for BBC Radio 3.

David Hepworth on the importance of volume and the difference between signal and noise.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

03The Importance Of Noise2017121320190313 (R3)

Author and broadcaster David Hepworth discusses pop music's struggles with authenticity.

3/5. Teenagers flocked to see The Blackboard Jungle in 1956 because it was the only way you could hear Rock Around The Clock loud. High volume drives distortion which is what makes rock music exciting. What's the difference between signal and noise?

A Trevor Dann's Company production for BBC Radio 3.

David Hepworth on the importance of volume and the difference between signal and noise.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

04Are DJs doomed?2017121420190314 (R3)

Writer David Hepworth on pop music's struggles with authenticity.

4/5. Streaming music means that the people listening have just as many records as the people running the radio stations. So is the radio DJ is going the way of the blacksmith while the club DJ flourishes?

A Trevor Dann's Company production for BBC Radio 3.

Writer David Hepworth asks, 'Are DJs doomed?'

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

04Are Djs Doomed?2017121420190314 (R3)

Writer David Hepworth on pop music's struggles with authenticity.

4/5. Streaming music means that the people listening have just as many records as the people running the radio stations. So is the radio DJ is going the way of the blacksmith while the club DJ flourishes?

A Trevor Dann's Company production for BBC Radio 3.

Writer David Hepworth asks, 'Are DJs doomed?'

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

05The rock'n'roll funeral2017121520190315 (R3)

Writer David Hepworth on pop music's struggles with authenticity.

5/5. Recently David was asked to programme the music for the wake after the funeral of a colleague. Now he wonders whether, despite the public demand for Robbie Williams' Angels and Frank Sinatra's My Way, pop music really has any place in the great ceremonies of life and death.

A Trevor Dann's Company production for BBC Radio 3.

David Hepworth asks if pop music has any place in the great ceremonies of life and death.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

05The Rock'n'roll Funeral2017121520190315 (R3)

Writer David Hepworth on pop music's struggles with authenticity.

5/5. Recently David was asked to programme the music for the wake after the funeral of a colleague. Now he wonders whether, despite the public demand for Robbie Williams' Angels and Frank Sinatra's My Way, pop music really has any place in the great ceremonies of life and death.

A Trevor Dann's Company production for BBC Radio 3.

David Hepworth asks if pop music has any place in the great ceremonies of life and death.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.