Made in France: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary French popular music. The volume consists of essays by scholars of French popular music, and covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of pop music in France. The book first presents a general description of the history and background of popular music in France, followed by essays that are organized into thematic sections: The Mutations of French Popular Music During the "Trente Glorieuses"; Politicising Popular Music; Assimilation, Appropriation, French Specificity; and From Digital Stakes to Cultural Heritage: French Contemporary Topics.


Christian Béthune

Juliette Dalbavie

Gérôme Guibert

Fabien Hein

Olivier Julien

Marc Kaiser

Barbara Lebrun

David Looseley

Stéphanie Molinero

Anne Petiau

Cécile Prévost-Thomas

Vincent Rouzé

Catherine Rudent

Matthieu Saladin

Jedediah Sklower

Raphaël Suire

Florence Tamagne

chapter |16 pages


What’s the French Touch in French Popular Music? A Sociohistorical Introduction to Chanson and Other French Repertoires
ByGérôme Guibert

part I|53 pages


section |51 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Yéyé Covers or the Keynote to a Societal Adaptation

ByMatthieu Saladin

chapter 2|11 pages

Juvenile Delinquency, Social Unrest and National Anxiety

French Debates and Controversies Over Rock ’n’ Roll in the 1960s and 1970s
ByFlorence Tamagne

chapter 3|10 pages

“Lost Song”

Serge Gainsbourg and the Transformation of French Popular Music
ByOlivier Julien

chapter 4|13 pages

The Record Industry in the 1960–1970s

The Forgotten Story of French Popular Music
ByMarc Kaiser

part II|45 pages

Politicising Popular Music

section |43 pages


chapter 5|11 pages

Aural Wars

Race, Class, Politics and the Dilemmas of Free Jazzmen in 1960s France
ByJedediah Sklower

chapter 6|15 pages

Marche ou Crève

The Band Trust and the Singular Case of the Birth of French Heavy Metal
ByGérôme Guibert

chapter 7|11 pages

Rock, Race and the Republic

Musical Identities in Post-Colonial France
ByBarbara Lebrun

part III|68 pages

Assimilation, Appropriation, French Specificity

section |66 pages


chapter 8|11 pages

Chanson Française

Between Musical Realities and Social Representations
ByCécile Prévost-Thomas

chapter 9|13 pages

Chanson Française

A Genre Without Musical Identity
ByCatherine Rudent

chapter 10|12 pages

Rap Audiences in France

The Diversification and Heterogenisation of the Appeal of Rap Music?
ByStéphanie Molinero

chapter 11|9 pages

Towards a Greater Appreciation of the Poetry of French Rap

ByChristian Béthune

chapter 12|12 pages

Punk Rock Entrepreneurship in France

ByFabien Hein

part IV|53 pages

From Digital Stakes to Cultural Heritage

section |51 pages


chapter 13|10 pages

Incorporating Chanson Into Heritage, a Shared Process Between Museums and Collective Memory

The Case Study of Georges Brassens in Sète
ByJuliette Dalbavie

chapter 14|13 pages

Tecktonik and Danses Électro

Subculture, Media Processes and Web 2.0 1
ByAnne Petiau

chapter 15|12 pages

My Dealer Is a Rock Star

Digital Piracy and Social Networks in the Context of the French Three-Strikes Law and HADOPI
BySylvain Dejean, Raphaël Suire

chapter 16|9 pages

At the Intersections of Popular Music

From Background Music to Localized Alternative Musical Experiences
ByVincent Rouzé

chapter |10 pages


Rethinking the Popular? Some Reflections on Popular Music in France and Britain
ByDavid Looseley

chapter |11 pages


“We Freed Ourselves From the Band Format” A Conversation With Nicolas Godin (Founding Member of the Duo Air)
ByGérôme Guibert