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Music and the Elusive Revolution – Cultural Politics and Political Culture in France, 1968-1981 - California Scholarship Online
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Music and the Elusive Revolution: Cultural Politics and Political Culture in France, 1968-1981

Eric Drott


In May 1968, France teetered on the brink of revolution as a series of student protests spiraled into the largest general strike the country has ever known. In the years since, May '68 has come to occupy a singular place in the modern political imagination, not just in France but across the world. This book examines the social, political, and cultural effects of May '68 on a wide variety of music in France, from the initial shock of 1968 through the “long” 1970s and the election of Mitterrand and the socialists in 1981. This detailed account of how diverse music communities developed in respon ... More

Keywords: general strike, Mitterrand, musical genre, identity, social consequences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520268968
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Drott, author