Look! Hear! The uneasy relationship of music and television

  title={Look! Hear! The uneasy relationship of music and television},
  author={Simon Frith},
  journal={Popular Music},
  pages={277 - 290}
  • S. Frith
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Art
  • Popular Music
Television is an essential part of the star-making machinery of the music business and music accompanies nearly all television programmes, and yet the relationship between the two is uneasy. Television does not seem to be an essential part of musical culture and adds little to music aesthetically. Music has had little impact on the form or aesthetics of television. And yet television has certainly had an impact on music and particularly on the mediation of rock and the formation of the modern… 
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