No Pop: What It Is and Why It’s a Term That Makes Sense

This comes from Medium.com. Toronto’s Lonely Vagabond may really be on to something.

NO POP — music genre, ethical guideline, as penned by Toronto music writer Lonely Vagabond:

“rooted in the attitude that people should search for the music that moves them, away from the corporate machine and towards artists who haven’t lost their capacity to be creative, experimental or boundary-pushing.”

No Pop. I wish I had thought about this myself. With that “label” or tag — call anyway you want — Lonely Vagabond perfectly nails the reality of today music dilemma. New alternative? Not so sure about that. The Pop vs. No Pop antagonism is a reality. Is it a fact. And it’s not only about economics — actually it’s not only about music either. The whole contemporary western world can be read through the No Pop lens.

Anyway, let’s stick to music. Let’s start with the Record Industry. Actually no, let’s take a look a the Music Industry. There it is: Music Industry. Am I the only one uncomfortable here? Does anyone else pick the oxymora? Music & Industry. Do these words go together well? How come the juxtaposition of Art and Industry doesn’t raise any concern?

This is worth reading. Trust me.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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