Popular Music in France from Chanson to Techno: Culture, Identity, and Society

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Steve Cannon, Hugh Dauncey
Ashgate, 2003 - Music - 282 pages
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In France during the 1960s and 1970s, popular music became a key component of socio-cultural modernisation as the music/record industry became increasingly important in both economic and cultural terms in response to demographic changes and the rise of the modern media. As France began questioning traditional ways of understanding politics and culture before and after May 1968, music as popular culture became an integral part of burgeoning media activity. Press, radio and television developed free from de Gaulle's state domination of information, and political activism shifted its concerns to the use of regional languages and regional cultures, including the safeguard of traditional popular music against the centralising tendencies of the Republican state.These trends and developments are the subject of this volume of essays by leading scholars across a range of disciplines including French studies, musicology, cultural and media studies and film studies. It constitutes the first attempt to provide a complete and up-to-date overview of the place of popular music in modern France and the reception of French popular music abroad.

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Philippe Birgy is Maitre de conferences at the University of Toulouse Le Mirail Steve Cannon is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sunderland Hugh Dauncey is a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Geoff Hare is a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Philippe Le Guern is Maitre de conferences at the Universite d'Angers Christopher Lloyd is a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Durham David Looseley is a Reader in French at the University of Leeds Richard Middleton is Professor of Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Mat Pires is a Lecturer at the British Institute in Paris at the University of London Phil Powrie is Professor of French Cultural Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Keith Reader is Professor of Modern French Studies at the University of Glasgow Robynn J. Stilwell is Assistant Professor of Music at Georgetown University Philippe Teillet is Maitre de conferences at the University of Rennes Chris Tinker is Lecturer in French Studies at Heriot-Watt University

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