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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 French

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Sounds French

Jonathyne Briggs

Oxford University Press

The final chapter details two musical genres that emerged in France after 1980: rap and electronic music. Audiences and critics have praised rap and electronic music as two examples of the vitality of French popular music at the end of the twentieth century. The success of these two genres in both France and elsewhere illustrates the continued efforts to construct novel communities around forms of popular music and the difficulties in defining social identities through genres whose meanings continue to change as their asthetics do. These communitites reveal both national and international notions of identity as the French continued to explore new identities while simultaneously working within cultural contexts that suggest continuity of existing notions of Frenchness.

Keywords:   rap, electronic music, French popular music

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