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Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture

Phil Ford


Dig interprets hipness as a sensibility by which postwar Americans have understood themselves in opposition to a cultural mainstream. This sensibility is particularly oriented to music: music matters because it is made of sound, and sound models the energetic processes of life as it is experienced in the moment. After World War II, younger dissenting intellectuals sought a new critical stance in art and politics and found it in the hipster’s attitude of cultural disaffiliation. They opposed a mass culture shaped by the abstraction of meaning from human experience. If abstraction w ... More

Keywords: counterculture, hipness, music and sound, cold war, sensibility, intellectuals, modernism, jazz

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199939916
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phil Ford, author
Indiana University