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Pop Goes Nostalgia!
Media Representations of Musical Pasts in Contemporary France

by Professor Chris Tinker


Wednesday 27 February 2019 - book now.

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. 

Sharing research that draws on the French national broadcasting archives and on online newspaper collections, Professor Tinker will explore the discursive, psychological, cultural, artistic and social significance and potential of popular music nostalgia in the media, and show how particular written and spoken media forms fulfil distinct functions. 

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