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Great Satan'S RageAmerican negativity and rap/metal in the age of supercapitalism$
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Scott Wilson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097416

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097416.001.0001

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(p.40) 3 Negativity
Great Satan'S Rage

Scott Wilson

Manchester University Press

It is of course an error to over narrativise or make too much sense of pop lyrics. The power of pop lyrics lies precisely in their economy or even their poverty, which leads to an excess of possible meanings and effects. Effect is more important than meaning. Their power is completely bound up with the rhythm and mood of a particular recording. Words are nothing outside of the song in which they are embedded and in the particular performance that gives them emphasis, or not. Words are musical rather than linguistic elements. They evoke a feeling, a mood, an attitude. Mis-heard lyrics can be as effective as correctly heard ones. They are not verbal statements but musical utterances that are related to perceptions and changes in perception rather than knowledge.

Keywords:   Capitalism, supercapitalism, rap, metal, music, identity, cultural studies, America, negativity, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana

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