Two Rock Aesthetics:
Authenticity and Irony

lennon
ferry
rundgren

Lennon
Ferry
Rundgren
no disjunction between performer and
non-original material
ironic juxtapositions between
performance and original
absolute mimicry erases original

 Authenticity      
    Irony       
modernism
postmodernism                          
unmediated expression
   confessional
   emotionally direct
expression mannered, not direct
example:
   Beats (Keruac's On the Road)

example:
  Andy Warhol's Campbell soup paintings

covers: selection
--selection from cannon
--autobiographical resonance-
   influences shaped specific artist 
--nostalgia
covers: selection
--no cannon-  (can choose from any era)
--disjunction between performer and material

--reinvention
--originality
--reverence
--spontaneity
dual coded: ambiguity
--balances reverence and mockery

"Ironic aesthetic effects often seem paradoxical in that they
 are enabled by the very objects and standards that they
 appear to be targeting."

sonics: covers performed
  --reverantly
  --in straitghtforward manner
  --close to the originals
sonics: covers performed
  --ironic juxtaposition of styles
  --mannered style
  --in contrast to original's style
visuals:
  --rock references (e.g. leather jacket, hair style)
visuals:
  --self-conscious artifice
  --antirock, showbiz (e.g. tuxedo)
verbal:
   --words same as original and
       understood in same way
verbal:
  -- words same as original and
       understood in different way
       due to sonic & visual changes
Authenticity -
  --no history required

  --"author-function useful

  --no disjunction btwn. performer and material
Irony -
--requires contrast
--disjunction between performer and material
--depends upon listener knowing:
  • the original - to be able to hear contrast
  • aesthetic of authenticity in order to see ironic aesthetic
  • "author function" - knowing past/reputation - conditions interpretation of music
"It Ain't Me Babe"-Dylan         


"It Ain't Me Babe" -Ferry
Ferry removes cannonic song from its context:
--performed with strings and horns
--theatrical style of singing
--critiques and celebrates songwriting skills
"Good Vibrations" -Beach Boys
"Good Vibrations" -Rundgren
--exact replica