Today’s new book is all about music we call “bad” and why it receives that moniker. A collection of academic essays, Bad Music: The music we love to hate (2004, Routledge) contains articles on all forms of bad music and discussions as to why the Academy rejects the music it has over the years and why we feel guilty about listening to it when we needn’t.
What makes something popular? Even if it’s considered “bad”? Jazz, rock, punk, world, country, and pop have all been subject to this judgment. With articles from a variety of academics, editors Christopher J. Washburne and Maiken Derno have put together an innovative, interesting book.
Whether you’re a fan of Kenny G, ABBA, disco, or Rebecca Black, you should take the time out of listening to your bad music to reading about it. Check it out!