Writing about listening: alternative discourses in rock journalism

  title={Writing about listening: alternative discourses in rock journalism},
  author={Chris Atton},
  journal={Popular Music},
  pages={53 - 67}
  • C. Atton
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Sociology
  • Popular Music
Abstract ‘Alternative’ publications challenge the conventional discourses of rock journalism. In particular, the dominant discourses of authenticity, masculinity and mythology might be countered by publications that emphasise historical and (sub)cultural framing, and that present radicalised ‘spaces of listening’. Using Bourdieu’s field theory to identify autonomous and semi-autonomous sites for rock criticism, the paper compares how a fanzine (the Sound Projector) and what Frith has termed an… 
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