RMIT expert Dr Catherine Strong is available to talk on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature.
Strong, who lectures on the music industry in the School of Media and Communication, said the award showed how much the barriers between “high” and “low” culture had broken down.
“While it further legitimises popular music as an art form worth taking seriously, there are more problematic sides to the award.
“To begin with, it continues the canonisation of a small group of white male artists from the ’60s, and the more this group is discussed and mythologised, the less room there is for discussion of new music by young people.
“Further, by separating out the lyrics from the music, the award acknowledges only part of what makes music so important.
“Our emotional response to music is often more about the sounds than the words.”
For interviews: Dr Catherine Strong, (03) 9925 9838 or 0404 604 544.
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