Popular Music in Contemporary France (häftad)
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Berg Publishers
Looseley, D. L.
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v. 22
228 x 152 x 12 mm
408 g
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49:B&W 6.14 x 9.21 in or 234 x 156 mm (Royal 8vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam
Popular Music in Contemporary France (häftad)

Popular Music in Contemporary France

Authenticity, Politics, Debate

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While music lovers from all over the world have tried to recreate the ambience of French cafes by playing music from stars such as Piaf, Trenet and Chevalier, intellectuals, sociologists and policy makers in France have been embroiled in passionate debate about just what constitutes 'real' French music. In the late 1950s and 1960s a wave of Anglo-American rock 'n' roll and pop hit Europe and disrupted French popular music forever. The cherished sounds of the chanson were sidelined, fragmented or merged with pop styles and instrumentation. From this point on, French music and music culture have been splintered into cultural divides - pop culture vs high culture; mass culture vs 'authentic' popular culture; national culture vs Americanization. This book investigates the exciting and innovative segmentation of the French music scene and the debates it has spawned. From an analysis of the chanson as national myth, to pop, rap, techno and the State, this book is the first full-length study to make sense of the complexity behind the history of French popular music and its relation to 'authentic' cultural identity.
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'This is an excellent book. Clearly and simply written but yet with an uncompromising ambition to deal with popular music in a seriously analytical way, Popular Music in Contemporary France provides an invaluable critical discussion of French music and music culture from the 1960s to the present-day.' Web Journal of French Media Studies'Ideal for university students or specialists in popular culture and music history or theory, Popular Music in Contemporary France showcases pertinent issues in pop music discourse and ways to critically approach conflicting perspectives.'Christy Wampole, University of North Texas in French Review (Vol. 78)

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David L. Looseley Professor of Contemporary French Culture, University of Leeds


Contents Acknowledgements ix French Abbreviations xi Introduction 1 Part I: Defining Authenticity 1 Popular Music before 1958 9 2 The 1960s: Authenticity and Barbarism 21 3 From 1968 to the Present: Authenticity and M'tissage 37 4 Chanson as National Myth: The Authenticity Debate 63 5 Denationalising Authenticity: The Sociological Debate 87 Part II: Politicising Authenticity 6 Music and Politics before 1981 113 7 Music and Politics 1981-93 131 8 Policy and the Music Industry at the End of the Millennium 151 9 Policy and Its Discontents: The Republican Debate 167 10 Techno and the State: The Cultural Debate 183 Conclusion 203 Chronology 215 Bibliography 223 Index 235