Popular music nostalgia in contemporary French media discourse

Authored by: Chris Tinker

The Routledge Handbook of French Politics and Culture

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138101753
eBook ISBN: 9781315656717
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315656717-21

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Abstract

In recent years nostalgia has become a prominent feature of the popular music and media culture of France, particularly following the launch of successful tours such as Age tendre et têtes de bois and RFM Party 80. Building on existing studies of popular music, the media and nostalgia both within and beyond French Studies (in disciplines such as psychology, marketing, popular music and media studies), this chapter will examine how written and spoken discourses of nostalgia in the mass media and on the internet have contributed over the last decade towards shaping contemporary popular music culture and identities in France.

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