Music and Cultural Identity, w/guest John Shepherd

Why do certain genres of music appeal to us? How much of our appreciation of various styles of music is based on our cultural identity? Do we subconsciously lean towards artists that either resemble us or exhibit the kind of lifestyle to which we aspire? And how has music culture evolved through the advent of MTV to the present? My guest is John Shepherd, a professor of music and sociology at Carleton University. [Originally broadcast on Under Surveillance in 2006.]

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Kevin Fullam is a writer and researcher, with extensive experience in fields ranging from sports analytics to politics and cinema.
In addition, he has hosted two long-running radio series on film and culture, and taught mass media at Loyola University.
Episodes of his two shows, Split Reel and Under Surveillance, are archived on the Radio page.