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By Theodor W. Adorno

Fleeing the Nazis, Theodor W. Adorno lived in manhattan urban as a refugee from 1938 until eventually 1941. in the course of those years, he was once intensively occupied with a learn of the way the lately built suggestions for the nation-wide transmission of track over radio have been remodeling the conception of song itself. This huge ranging radio learn was once conceived as not anything lower than an research, partially empirical, of Walter Benjamin's speculative claims for the emancipatory power of paintings within the age of its mechanical copy. the result of Adorno's undertaking set him decisively at odds with Benjamin's theses and even as turned the physique of pondering that shaped the foundation for Adornos personal aesthetics in his Philosophy of recent song.

Current of Music is the name that Adorno himself gave to this examine undertaking. For advanced purposes, despite the fact that, Adorno used to be unable to carry the various hundreds of thousands of pages of this large examine, so much of it written in English, to a last shape ahead of leaving long island for California, the place he might instantly start paintings with Max Horkheimer at the Dialectic of Enlightenment. Robert Hullot-Kentor, the prestigious Adorno student, reconstructed Adorno's venture for the Adorno Archive in Germany and gives a long and informative advent to the fragmentary texts accrued during this volume.

Current of Music might be greatly mentioned for the sunshine it throws at the improvement of Adorno's inspiration, on his complicated courting with Walter Benjamin, yet so much of excited about the $64000 views it presents on questions of pop culture, the tune of commercial leisure, the background of radio and the social dimensions of the replica of art.

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