La Cause Du Pop

Eric Drott

in Music and the Elusive Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268968
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950085 | DOI:
La Cause Du Pop

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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

Chapter.  20718 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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