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In this literature review I am going to be discussing whether or not acover song can be become recognised as its own original piece of musicthat is considered authentic away from being a cover version To dothis I will be comparing and contrasting a number of texts todistinguish wether or not this is the case The definition of a cover version according to The Oxford Companion toPopular Music is The recording of a song already made into a hit by apopular artist Gammond P P134 1991If we were to go by this textbook definition then many famous covers would no longer actually beconsidered as covers at all There are many famous covers by well known artists that actually madethe song much more popular than the original artist who recorded itTherefore according to the definition its no longer a cover because itwasnt already a hit There are also musical elements to consider todistinguish whether or not its an original piece of music According toRoy Shuker cover songs are a proven product with which an audience canidentify While some reinterpret the original song in a fresh anddistinctive way the majority are regarded simply as retreads ShukerR P75 1998The definition of the word original according to The Oxford EnglishDictionary comes from the word origin meaning the source of whichsomething springs proceeds or is derivedSimpson J 1997 Meaningother things are produced from the original as it is the source productThis does support the argument that a cover version can never truly beconsidered original as it developed from another source to begin withHowever some people would disagree technically speaking all cover songsare original material as they are never exactly the same as the originalsong and have their own twist to themAccording to The Oxford English Dictionary the word authentic has asimilar meaning to the word original undisputed origin and not acopy genuine Simpson J 1997 If we were to take the definition ofthe word authentic and apply it
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