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Beate Kutschke, Robert Adlington, Gianmario Borio, Sarah Hill, Carol Muller, Barley Norton, Tôru Mitsui, Jan Fairley, Alf Björnberg, Allan Moore, Virginia Anderson, Rüdiger Ritter, Hon-Lun Yang, Kailan Rubinoff, Eric Drott
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  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107504318

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  • Music was integral to the profound cultural, social and political changes that swept the globe in 1968. This collection of essays offers new perspectives on the role that music played in the events of that year, which included protests against the ongoing Vietnam War, the May riots in France and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. From underground folk music in Japan to antiauthoritarian music in Scandinavia and Germany, Music and Protest in 1968 explores music's key role as a means of socio-political dissent not just in the US and the UK but in Asia, North and South America, Europe and Africa. Contributors extend the understanding of musical protest far beyond a narrow view of 'protest song' to explore how politics and social protest played out in many genres, including experimental and avant-garde music, free jazz, rock, popular song and film and theatre music.

    • Provides a comprehensive picture of music and protest in 1968 from a global perspective, considering a range of countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa
    • Covers a wide range of musical styles and genres such as rock, popular song (including the 'protest song'), experimental/avant-garde music, early music performance, folk, jazz, and film and theatre music, crossing conventional disciplinary boundaries within music studies
    • Offers new perspectives on the relationship between music and social protest around 1968 that will appeal not only to those within the field of music studies, but also those interested in socio-political issues in the arts, humanities and social sciences
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    • Winner (in Hardback) of the 2014 American Musicological Society Ruth A. Solie Award

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    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107504318
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 5 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Beate Kutschke
    1. Expressive revolutions: '1968' and music in The Netherlands Robert Adlington
    2. Music as plea for political action: the presence of musicians in Italian protest movements around 1968 Gianmario Borio
    3. 'This is my country': American popular music and political engagement in '1968' Sarah Hill
    4. Spontaneity and Black consciousness: South Africans imagining musical and political freedom in 1960s Europe Carol Muller
    5. Vietnamese popular song in '1968': war, protest and sentimentalism Barley Norton
    6. Music and protest in Japan: the rise of underground folk song in '1968' Tôru Mitsui
    7. 'There is no revolution without song': 'new song' in Latin America Jan Fairley
    8. 'The power of music': antiauthoritarian music movements in Scandinavia in '1968' Alf Björnberg
    9. British rock: the short '1968', and the long Allan Moore
    10. '1968' and the experimental revolution in Britain Virginia Anderson
    11. Antiauthoritarian revolt by musical means on both sides of the Berlin Wall Beate Kutschke
    12. '1968' - the emergence of a protest culture in the popular music of the Eastern Bloc? Rüdiger Ritter
    13. Gendering '1968': womanhood in model works of the People's Republic of China and movie musicals of Hong Kong Hon-Lun Yang
    14. A revolution in sheep's wool stockings: early music and '1968' Kailan Rubinoff
    15. Music and May 1968 in France: practices, roles, representations Eric Drott.

  • Editors

    Beate Kutschke, Universität Leipzig
    Beate Kutschke is Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin at the Universität Leipzig. Her research focuses on music and protest around the year 1968 and she has published a monograph, a volume of collected papers and numerous articles on this topic. She is an internationally active researcher, who has presented papers around the world in German, English and French. She has taught in Europe, the United States (at Harvard University) and Asia (at the University of Hong Kong). A recipient of various scholarships including a three-year research grant by the German Research Foundation, she is currently writing a third monograph. Her interests range from Baroque music and music after 1945 to music and aesthetics, music and politics, and music and ethics.

    Barley Norton, Goldsmiths, University of London
    Barley Norton is a senior lecturer in ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has carried out extensive field research in Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia and is the author of Songs for the Spirits: Music and Mediums in Modern Vietnam (2009). As part of a Getty-funded research project on experimental music performance in Vietnam, he made the ethnographic film Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh (2010), which has been screened at numerous international film festivals.


    Beate Kutschke, Robert Adlington, Gianmario Borio, Sarah Hill, Carol Muller, Barley Norton, Tôru Mitsui, Jan Fairley, Alf Björnberg, Allan Moore, Virginia Anderson, Rüdiger Ritter, Hon-Lun Yang, Kailan Rubinoff, Eric Drott


    • Winner (in Hardback) of the 2014 American Musicological Society Ruth A. Solie Award

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