In examining the work of Theodor Adorno, this collection of essays focuses on the German philosopher’s ideas in the field of musicology. Though it addresses complex theories, this inquiry maintains a lucid style, describing the nuances of Adorno’s thought while not relying on a great deal of prior knowledge to shed light on his contributions to music theory. Included is a discussion of the applicability of Adorno’s ideas to popular music and an assessment of Adorno’s continuing relevance in light of other commentaries.
1. Critical Theory and Music
2. Adorno’s Aesthetics of Modernism
3. Adorno, Popular Music and Mass Culture
4. Critical Reflections on Adorno
…a briliant piece of work…
Charles Rosen – The New York Review of Books
Paddison has assembled an accessible and timely collection of reflections on Adorno’s aesthetics of music in service of showing just how it might compose a framework for the present critical interpretation of culture.
Tom Huhn, Professor of Philosophy – British Journal of Aesthetics