Genre busting: the origin of music categories.

Music phrasemakers: Tobi Vail, DJ Lovebug Starski, William Burroughs and Fela Kuti

“Music comes from everywhere, and so do the names we call it by. There’s a longstanding cliche that only the music business needs genre names – everyone else either likes it or they don’t. That is, of course, bunk, as anyone who’s heard enough people trot out lines such as “I like all music except for rap and country” is aware. Not least because quite a lot of those genre names come from the artists themselves.”

 

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/aug/25/origins-of-music-genres-hip-hop

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