Listening With their Eyes

Problems for Radical Intertextuality

Every cultural product has antecedents and influences, and popular music is no exception. Consequently, the meaning of a rock song or recording is no less intertextual than any other meaningful communication. This paper argues that we should resist the radical conclusion that every intertextual link is of equal importance, for if that is the case then the experience of listening to music is of limited relevance to its meaning. Focusing on rock music as an example of popular music, the paper argues that a less radical intertextuality makes better sense of why fans listen to rock music.

Journal Volume ! La revue des musiques populaires
Year 2013
Volume 10
Issue 1
Pages 24-44

Gracyk, Theodore (2013) Listening With their Eyes: Problems for Radical Intertextuality. In: Volume ! La revue des musiques populaires, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 24-44. Available at


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