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Sounds FrenchGlobalization, Cultural Communities, and Pop Music in France, 1958–1980$
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Jonathyne Briggs

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199377060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199377060.001.0001

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Sounds Revolutionary

Sounds Revolutionary

Progressive Rock and Cultural Revolutions

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(p.78) Chapter 3 Sounds Revolutionary
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Sounds French
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Jonathyne Briggs

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199377060.003.0004

This chapter chronicles the development of the progressive rock genre in France after the Events of 1968, noting the connection between the ideas of ’68, especially the shift in the French counterculture toward transforming static cultural structures that reinforced class distinctions. In ’68, students and workers took over streets and factories in an effort to change French society. Afterward, members of the counterculture upheld remaking of culture as a necessary goal, and the transgressive character of progressive rock was embraced for that explicit purpose. Progressive rock combined elements of jazz, classical, and rock music in a manner that echoed the utopian impulses of ’68, and progressive rockers saw their music as a pathway to a new society. This chapter examines the music of progressive rock bands and countercultural publications to illustrate the shifting boundaries of culture during the 1970s.

Keywords:   1968, counterculture, progressive rock, cultural distinction, electronic music

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