Michael Long


On his book Beautiful Monsters: Imagining the Classic in Musical Media

Cover Interview of February 20, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How we experience a stylistically unpredictable, mass-mediated aural world.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Popular recordings and visual media have enriched music’s capacity to engage the individual imagination while underscoring the commonality of musical experience.”

On the second:

“In Beautiful Monsters, a Chopin piano prelude, a disco anthem, and a Staffordshire figurine are distinguished not by relative or absolute cultural value, but by the varieties of imaginative experience they might activate.”