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Music and the Elusive RevolutionCultural Politics and Political Culture in France, 1968-1981$
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Eric Drott

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268968

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268968.001.0001

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La Cause Du Pop

La Cause Du Pop

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(p.155) Chapter 4 La Cause Du Pop
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Music and the Elusive Revolution
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Eric Drott

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268968.003.0005

This chapter examines how the relationship between the nascent rock community and left-wing groups evolved in the late 1960s and early 1970s, focusing on the institution of the rock festival, viewed as a site of contention between different political and musical communities. While rock enthusiasts viewed festivals as a vehicle for propagating rock culture within France, certain segments of the extreme left saw them instead as occasions for inciting youth revolt—and thereby reigniting the revolutionary impulses dormant since May '68.

Keywords:   rock community, left-wing groups, rock festival, France, rock culture, youth revolt

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