Judging Covers

P. D. Magnus
State University of New York, Albany
Christy Mag Uidhir
University of Houston
Cover versions form a loose but identifiable category of tracks and performances. We distinguish four kinds of covers and argue that they mark important differences in the modes of evaluation that are possible or appropriate for each: mimic covers, which aim merely to echo the canonical track; rendition covers, which change the sound of the canonical track; transformative covers, which diverge so much as to instantiate a distinct, albeit derivative song; and referential covers, which not only instantiate a distinct song, but for which the new song is in part about the original song. In order to allow for the very possibility of transformative and referential covers, we argue that a cover is characterized by relation to a canonical track rather than merely by being a new instance of a song that had been recorded previously
Keywords Songs  Music  Art Evaluation
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/jaac.12034
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

A Return to Musical Idealism.Wesley D. Cray & Carl Matheson - 2017 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95 (4):702-715.
Kind of Borrowed, Kind of Blue.P. D. Magnus - 2016 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (2):179-185.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Rubber Ring: Why Do We Listen to Sad Songs?Aaron Smuts - 2011 - In John Gibson & Noel Carroll (eds.), Narrative, Emotion, and Insight. Penn State UP. pp. 131.
Meanings of Songs and Meanings of Song Performances.Theodore Gracyk - 2013 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71 (1):23-33.
The Varieties of Wonder.Patrick Sherry - 2013 - Philosophical Investigations 36 (4):340-354.
Doing It Their Way: Rock Covers, Genre, and Appreciation.Michael Rings - 2013 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71 (1):55-63.


Added to PP index

Total views
72 ( #99,558 of 2,320,293 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
11 ( #88,206 of 2,320,293 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature