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Made in France

Studies in Popular Music, 1st Edition

Edited by Gérôme Guibert, Catherine Rudent


272 pages

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Made in France: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary French popular music. The volume consists of essays by scholars of French popular music, and covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of pop music in France. The book first presents a general description of the history and background of popular music in France, followed by essays that are organized into thematic sections: The Mutations of French Popular Music During the "Trente Glorieuses"; Politicising Popular Music; Assimilation, Appropriation, French Specificity; and From Digital Stakes to Cultural Heritage: French Contemporary Topics.


Christian Béthune

Juliette Dalbavie

Gérôme Guibert

Fabien Hein

Olivier Julien

Marc Kaiser

Barbara Lebrun

David Looseley

Stéphanie Molinero

Anne Petiau

Cécile Prévost-Thomas

Vincent Rouzé

Catherine Rudent

Matthieu Saladin

Jedediah Sklower

Raphaël Suire

Florence Tamagne

Table of Contents

Introduction: What’s the French Touch in French Popular Music? A sociohistorical introduction to chanson and other French repertoires (Gérôme Guibert)

Part I: Zeitgeist. The mutations of French popular music during the "30 glorieuses"

Preamble I: Introduction (Gérôme Guibert and Catherine Rudent)

1. Yéyé covers or the keynote to a societal adaptation (Matthieu Saladin)

2. Juvenile delinquency, social unrest and national anxiety French debates and controversies over rock’n’roll in the 1960’s and 1970’s (Florence Tamagne)

3. "Lost song": Serge Gainsbourg and the transformation of French popular music (Olivier Julien)

4. The record industry in the 1960-1970s: The forgotten story of French popular music (Marc Kaiser)

Part II: Politicizing popular music

Preamble II (Gérôme Guibert and Catherine Rudent)

5. Aural wars: Race, class, politics and the dilemmas of free jazzmen in sixties France (Jedediah Sklower)

6. Marche ou crève: The band Trust and the singular case of the birth of French heavy metal (Gérôme Guibert)

7. Rock, race and the republic: Musical identities in post-colonial France (Barbara Lebrun)

Part III: Assimilation, appropriation, French specificity

Preamble III (Gérôme Guibert and Catherine Rudent)

8. Chanson française: Between musical realities and social representations (Cécile Prévost-Thomas)

9. Chanson française: A genre without musical identity (Catherine Rudent)

10. Rap audiences in France: The diversification and heterogenization of the appeal of rap music (Stéphanie Molinero)

11. Towards a greater appreciation of the poetry of French rap (Christian Béthune)

12. Punk rock entrepreneurship in France (Fab

About the Editors

Gérôme Guibert is a doctor in sociology and associate professor at the Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle University. He has published many books, including La Production de la culture: Le cas des musiques amplifiées en France and is editor-in-chief of Volume!, the French journal of popular music studies.

Catherine Rudent is a doctor and an associate professor in musicology at Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV). She is the author of L’Album de chansons: Entre processus social et œuvre musicale. A founding member of the European francophone branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), in 2011 she created a book series about popular music, Musiques Populaires Actuelles/Amplifiées.

About the Series

Routledge Global Popular Music Series

The Routledge Global Popular Music Series provides popular music scholars, teachers, students, and musicologists with a well-informed and up-to-date introduction to different world popular music scenes. The series of volumes can be used for academic teaching in popular music studies, or as a collection of reference works. Written by those living and working in the countries about which they write, this series is devoted to popular music largely unknown to Anglo-American readers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General