Lori Burns: Genre, Discourse and Narrative in the Concept Album Spectacle #arp13

Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto on stage.

Plenary 1: The Art of Persuasion: Genre, Discourse and Narrative in the Concept Album Spectacle. Lori Burns, University of Ottawa

Lori begins by quoting Douglas Kellner’s definition of the ‘media spectacle’ and acknowledges his debt to Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle (1967).

She states that the paper addresses the idea of the Concept Album Spectacle, and asks three questions – how the artist shapes cultural commentary through it, how the materials are culturally productive, and how these texts carry out persuasive work.

This paper grows from Lori’s previous work, which has dealt with Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak, Pink’s Funhouse Tour, and (from forthcoming work on) Lady Gaga’s Fame, Fame Monster.