I remember a short story about a future where advertising jingles were the only type of music still performed. If I recall, one musician rediscovered the idea that music could exist by itself and sets off an artistic revolution. I read the story ~35 years ago but it could have been older. Does anyone know the title or author?

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    Not what you're looking for, but a similar idea makes a brief appearance in the Demolition Man movie with Sly Stallone. Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 19:33
  • Sounds like it might be Panel Game by Brian Aldiss, but I can't find my copy of Space, Time and Nathaniel right now so I can't confirm for certain.
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    Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 20:07

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Tunesmith by Lloyd Biggle Jr.

Erlin Baque is the last true musician on Earth. Commercial jingles have replaced real art. The Performers' Guild enforces mediocrity on pain of blacklisting. . . But Baque has one weapon his enemies cannot resist: his music. (from Pastebin)

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