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Music and the Elusive Revolution: Cultural Politics and Political Culture in France, 1968–1981 (California Studies in 20th-Century Music) Paperback – July 2, 2011
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Amy C. Beal, author of New Music, New Allies: American Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification
Fear not: Eric Drott’s Music and the Elusive Revolution is not yet another rehearsal of the ubiquitous music-and-politics” trope. It is vitally important for understanding the fragile alliances forged between music and French politics in the heady days of 1968, and the ways in which those alliances inflected subsequent musical practice and discourse. But it is more than that. Grounded in the assertion that musical genre mediates political expression, Drott’s richly textured analysis of five such musical-political alliances is revelatory in both content and methodology. It is a must-read for those interested in the events of 1968 and their fallout, and a model for writing about the intersection of music and politics in any era.”
Joy H. Calico, author of Brecht at the Opera
Eric Drott’s vivid account of the impact and aftershocks of the May 1968 événements upon music and musical life in France is an essential contribution to our understanding of recent musical history. Drott explores the central role of musical genre in mediating political expression, through a sequence of brilliant studies of the chanson, free jazz, rock and avant-garde classical music. The discussion navigates deftly between evocative case study and crisply defined theoretical insight, and is illuminated throughout by a balanced appraisal of the era’s idealism and ideological fault lines. The Elusive Revolution will be mandatory reading not only for those seeking a fuller understanding of French musical life in the long 1970s’, but for anyone with an interest in the relationship of music and social change."
Robert Adlington, editor of Sound Commitments: Avant-garde Music and the Sixties