La critica di Adorno alla popular music

The Lab's Quarterly 18 (4):31-56 (2017)
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Abstract
For a long time, popular music has been presented as a field of loisir, devoid of artistic value, social expression of barbaric subcultures and product of a cultural industry aimed at mass distraction. In this perspective, the criticism of Theodor W. Adorno is crucial and, even today, his theses – on the aesthetic inferiority of popular music compared to the “cultivated” music and on the deplorable socio-cultural effects of its diffusion – are still a shared judgment. Even for this reason, they deserve attention. After showing, we will focus on the critics about Adorno’s Theory by the most recent and important scholars.
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