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Made in Spain

Studies in Popular Music, 1st Edition

Edited by Silvia Martinez, Héctor Fouce


276 pages

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Made in Spain: Studies in Popular Music will serve as a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to the history, sociology and musicology of 20th century Spanish popular music. The volume will consist of 16 essays by leading scholars of Spanish music and will cover the major figures, styles and social contexts of pop music in Spain. Although all the contributors are Spanish, the essays will be expressly written for an international English-speaking audience. No knowledge of Spanish music or culture will be assumed. Each section will feature a brief introduction by the volume editors, while each essay will provide adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance to Spanish popular music. The book first presents a general description of the history and background of popular music, followed by essays organized into thematic sections.


"… this collection reminds us of how much can be learned from what are often situated as the margins…. The idea of 'nation' is thus under challenge from within and without, as these essays insightfully disclose. The collection is not only a selection of case studies on internal heterogeneity, but also on Spain’s response to musical globalisation."

Bruce Johnson, Macquarie University, University of Turku, University of Glasgow, [email protected] vol. 5 no. 2

"Made in Spain not only provides us with the first comprehensive overview of Spanish popular music, but also offers the international reader a vision of Spanish music as told by indigenous researchers, which allows for the dismissal of unfounded stereotypes and a reflection on the notions of centre and periphery in academia. This is an extraordinary step towards the consolidation of popular music studies in Spain."

- Teresa Fraile in VOLUME!

Table of Contents

Part 1: 1. Nuevo Flamenco: to be or not to be (Gypsy) 2. Serrat, Raimon and the Nova Cançó. The Catalan musical resistance against Franco’s dictatorship 3. Radical Rock. Identities and utopies in Basque popular music 4. We’re on the Celtic Fringe! Celtic Music and the semiological construction of Galicia as a nation Part 2: 5. From Cuba with love. Rhythms and revolutions in Spanish popular dance music since the 19th century. 6. Jazz-band, women and trangression in Spanish lyric theatre from the 1920th revue to the 1940th musical comedy. 7. Swinging modernity, avoiding democracy. Jazz in Franco’s Spain (1939-1959).8. La Movida. Popular music and modernity discourses in democratic Spain Part 3: 9. Translating Elvis. Transcultural processes and lyrics adaptations in contemporary Spanish popular music. 10. Migration and musical practices in multicultural Spain. 11. Antònia Font is not a woman. Surrealistic influences in post-Franco Spanish pop. 12. Managing the exotic. Trading topics for the global market Part 4: 13. Sounding Spanish Postwar. Canciones para después de una guerra and music as emotional memory. 14. Behind the screen. Popular songs in Spanish cinema (from Concha Piquer to Pedro Almodóvar). 15. Music and Spanish television: live performance, Eurovision and net TV

About the Editors

Sílvia Martínez is Head of the Musicology Department at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya and Assistant Professor of Popular Music at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Héctor Fouce teaches Communications at Complutense University in Madrid and Popular Music at UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya).

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