Protest Music in France: Production, Identity and Audiences

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Music - 192 pages
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Barbara Lebrun traces the evolution of 'protest' music in France since 1981, exploring the contradictions that emerge when artists who take their musical production and political commitment 'seriously', cross over to the mainstream, becoming profitable and consensual. Contestation is understood as a discourse shaped by the assumptions and practices of artists, producers, the media and audiences, for whom it makes sense to reject politically reactionary ideas and the dominant taste for commercial pop. Placing music in its economic, historical and ideological context, however, reveals the fragility and instability of these oppositions. The book focuses on music production in France, the representations of a 'protest' identity in relation to discourses of national identity and examines the audiences of French 'protest' music and considers festivals as places of 'non-mainstream' identity negotiation.
 

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Contents

Protest and Authenticity in Contemporary French Music Culture
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I
13
Independent Labels Music Policy and Rock Alternatif
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II
39
Authenticity and Nostalgia in Chanson Neoréaliste
41
Hybridity Arabness and Cultural Legitimacy in Rock Métis
65
Manu Chao AntiGlobalization Protest and International Success
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III
105
Audience Reception and Alternative Identities in Contemporary France
107
Music Festivals as Sites of Alternative Identities
135
IV
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