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Made in Italy

Studies in Popular Music, 1st Edition

Edited by Franco Fabbri, Goffredo Plastino


256 pages

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Made in Italy serves as a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary Italian popular music. Each essay, written by a leading scholar of Italian music, covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of pop music in Italy and provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance to Italian popular music. The book first presents a general description of the history and background of popular music, followed by essays organized into thematic sections: Themes; Singer-Songwriters; and Stories.


"Taken together, the chapters in this book present a fine introduction to major topics in the field of popular music in Italy since the 1950s… Readers whose knowledge of popular music in Italy is only partial or superficial, and certainly readers who are novice and seeking to learn about it, will greatly benefit from this book. Clearly written, the chapters provide a wealth of information, both at the factual and at the interpretive level." - Motti Regev, Open University of Israel, Journal of World Popular Music

"This is a significant volume for the introduction of Italian popular music to an English-speaking audience and will be fundamental reading for students, researchers, and non-specialist readers alike." - Rachel Haworth in VOLUME!

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Egg of Columbus: How Can Italian Popular Music Studies Stand on Their Own Part I: Themes 1. Italy in Music: A Sweeping (and Somewhat Audacious) Reconstruction of a Problematic Identity 2. Sanremo Effects: The Festival and the Italian Canzone (1950s-1960s) 3. And the Bitt Went On 4. Naples Power: Neapolitan Sounds of the 1970s 5. Music Economies and Markets in Italy Part II: Singer-Songwriters 6. A Portrait of the Author as an Artist: Ideology, Authenticity and Stylization in the Canzone d’Autore 7. Canzoni Diverse: A Semiotic Approach to Luigi Tenco’s Songs 8. You Can Call Them, If You Like, Emotions: The (Un)Orthodox Songs of Lucio Battisti 9. Saved Souls: Locating Style in Fabrizio De André’s and Ivano Fossati’s Record Production 10. Mystical Arrogance: Franco Battiato’s Esoteric Pop Part III: Stories 11. An Escape from Escapism: The Short History of Cantacronache 12. Virtuosity and Populism: The Everlasting Appeal of Mina and Celentano 13. In the Court of a Foreign King: 1970s Italian Progressive Rock in the UK 14. Radiofreccia: An Rocker from Emilia behind the Film Camera 15. Killer Melodies: The Musica Neomelodica Debate Coda 16. Lasciatemi Cantare and Other Diseases: Italian Popular Music, as Represented Abroad Afterword Provisionally Popular: A Conversation with Ennio Morricone

About the Editors

Franco Fabbri is Professor of Popular Music, and Techniques and Cultures of Sound and Music, at the University of Torino in Italy. He has published widely and in many languages on subjects such as pop music, genre theory and music in the digital age.

Goffredo Plastino is Reader in Ethnomusicology at Newcastle University in the UK. He has co-edited multiple volumes on popular music and has published in several languages on folk music, jazz, and organology.

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
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / International
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal