Media Representations of Musical Pasts in Contemporary France

Media Representations of Musical Pasts in Contemporary France

Nostalgia, widely recognised as a common human emotion, is a well-established and prominent feature of the popular music industry and media culture in many national contexts. In France, nostalgia has gained particular prominence following the launch of long-running, successful concert tours in the mid-2000s featuring pop singers who became famous in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. While highlighting the sheer volume and intensity of popular music nostalgia in French media coverage during the 2000s, Professor Tinker will show how such coverage shapes the popular music culture of France as well as national, generational and other identities.

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