‘Yacht rock was an ameliorative adaptation to the 1970s malaise, not a cause of it.’

Here’s how J. Temperance ends The New Inquiry’s “The Birth of the Uncool: Yacht Rock and Libidinal Subversion”:

Here’s how The Jacobin is right to proclaim that “it is only through the cultural transmission of social solidarity – and the rejection of empty celebrations of oneself – that neoliberalism can begin to be annihilated.” But no celebration of the self is more politically impotent than the hollow self-congratulation of the sarcastic and secretly shame-ridden music trend chaser who marches in double-time to fashion’s inexorable drumbeat and calls his desperate pursuit of exclusive and personal cultural capital a form of radical critique. That’s what a fool believes.

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