Popular Music In Contemporary France: Authenticity, Politics, Debate by David L. LooseleyPopular Music In Contemporary France: Authenticity, Politics, Debate by David L. Looseley

Popular Music In Contemporary France: Authenticity, Politics, Debate

byDavid L. Looseley, David L L.

Paperback | March 1, 2003

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While music lovers from all over the world have tried to recreate the ambience of French cafés by playing music from stars such as Piaf, Trénet 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.
David L. Looseley is a Professor of Contemporary French Culture, at the University of Leeds.
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Title:Popular Music In Contemporary France: Authenticity, Politics, DebateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of 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

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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