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date: 17 January 2019

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How do people relate to the music they value? Listening is a central relation, but there are many others. As Charles Keil observed, people may find music, be invaded by music, use music, participate in music, and so on. This chapter explores a relation that may be called possessing music or owning music. Theodor W. Adorno and Simon Frith both emphasized such relations in the context of their very different accounts of mass-media music. A psychoanalytic approach, drawing on the ideas of Melanie Klein and D. W. Winnicott, clarifies the nature of these relations. A close reading of ethnographic interviews from the collection My Music shows some of the specific forms that such relations can take, which are different for every individual.

Keywords: Charles Keil, Simon Frith, Theodor W. Adorno, Melanie Klein, D. W. Winnicott, possessing music, popular music, introjection of music, internal object, transitional object

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