Dispatches from the wilds of Poetania – art?

I listen to Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation
Remixed
With an angry young woman
Screaming
I don’t give a fuck!
I don’t give a shit!
between each line
of the original.
Is this clever?
Is this shocking?
Is this art?
is this even music?

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  1. As a response, I’d say it’s music insofar as this is a poem. On whatever grounds you can justify this as a poem, you can probably justify the song.

    Using free verse to question the validity of a loosely recognizable song (I haven’t heard it) seems fairly ironic.

    Shock value, of course, has its place in the arts. We might see the abundance of shock value in our contemporary music and art as, if not having any real artistic or aesthetic value beyond what it is, an indication of a wider-spread reaction to our current social and political context.

    There is always value in expression, especially if it is a representative of a larger movement of expression.

  2. The answers
    you seek are:
    No,
    NO,
    Yes, technically, and
    Yes.

    You might better have asked:
    “Is it any good?”
    Which of course it isn’t.
    But I wouldn’t bother raising it
    with the young lady in question:
    Because
    She doesn’t give a fuck.

  3. Chris’ post above pretty much sums up my own response. If you truly want more “what is art” discussion, read my comment on Firing the Literary Canon.

  4. Chris’ comment is perhaps the single most brilliant thing I have ever read which I hadn’t written myself.


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