"The Sharpest Lives": How Philosophical Ideas and Alternative Music Can Change The World
"The Sharpest Lives": How Philosophical Ideas and Alternative Music Can Change The World

Author(s): Mihaela Frunză
Subject(s): Philosophy, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Aesthetics
Published by: SACRI – Societatea Academica de Cercetare a Religiilor si Ideologiilor
Keywords: Philosophy;pop culture;alternative music;My Chemical Romance;intertextuality;catharsis;media;

Summary/Abstract: In this article I argue that alternative music can change the world when it migrates from the realm of music to that of ideas. I take the example of My Chemical Romance, and I break down the claim that it changed the world of their fans firstly through a “change of language”, by using the structuralist tool of intertextuality, and secondly through a “change of hearts”, by building on the cathartic usage of emotions, both for themselves and their fanbase. I also explore the dangers intricate in the process, and I discuss a sample of accusations they were subjected to from the media.

  • Issue Year: 2/2019
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 90-105
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English