Popular Music in Contemporary France
Authenticity, Politics, Debate
By (author) David L. Looseley
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Popular Music in Contemporary France by David L. Looseley
Book DescriptionWhile 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859736364
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David L. Looseley
Popular Music in Contemporary France, Hardback (March 2003)
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 aims to make sense of the complexity behind the history of French popular music and its relation to 'authentic' cultural identity.
Politics of Fun, Paperback (May 1997)» View all books by David L. Looseley
This study considers contemporary policies for the arts in France and the cultural and political issues they have raised. In particular, the author focuses on the seminal Mitterand years, as well as the various influences which marked them.
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Author Biography - David L. Looseley
David L. Looseley Professor of Contemporary French Culture, University of Leeds
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