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(No) future music?
(No) future music?

Author(s): Simon Reynolds
Subject(s): Music, Sociology of Culture, Present Times (2010 - today)
Published by: SAGE Publications Ltd
Keywords: Mark Fisher; music; past shock; pop culture; Retromania; (un)canceling the future;

Summary/Abstract: One of the many memorable memes and thought slogans associated with the late theorist Mark Fisher is ‘‘the slow cancellation of the future.’’ What does this evocative and melancholy phrase signify? In this talk Fisher’s blogging comrade and Retromania author Simon Reynolds reexamines the belief that the 21st century so far has been a Zeit without a Geist: an atemporal time of replicas, reenactments, reissues, revivals, and other syndromes of cultural recycling that put the ‘‘past’’ into pastiche. Are there reasons to be cheerful about music and pop culture as the 2010s limp to the finish line, if not so sanguine about politics or the environment? If society is deadlocked or, worse, heading in reverse, can we even expect music to surge forward like it once did?

  • Issue Year: 28/2020
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 305-313
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English