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Music and Politics
A Summer Selection, Part 2

by The editorial team , 22 July 2019

Books & Ideas is slowing down for the summer. In the meantime, here is a selection of essays, reviews and interviews published over the past year, exploring the relationship between music and politics.


Loïc Bertrand, “Audio-power
Music naturally conveys emotion but, over the course of the 20th century, it has also become a tool of manipulation and perhaps even a weapon of control. Juliette Volcler describes this process in her book devoted to the career and research of little-known sound engineer Harold Burris-Meyer.
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Ron Eyerman, “Protest Music in the Age of Trump
The presidential election campaign and the unexpected election of Donald Trump was cause for immediate reaction from the music world in the United States and beyond. Ron Eyerman gives us an overview of that reaction.
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Edouard Degay Delpeuch, “Japanoise, Affect at the Edge of Music
In the 80’s, a peculiar genre of underground music emerged: Japanoise—or Japanese Noise. Based on feedback, without melody nor structure, this genre is often perceived as the end of music. Drawing on the tools of media anthropology, David Novak traces the history of the construction of this genre.
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Catherine Guesde, “Taking Metal Music Seriously
Over the past twenty years, a new field of study has developed: metal studies. The scholars in this field are often also music enthusiasts, investigating their own passion. How can fandom be articulated with academia?
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by The editorial team, 22 July 2019

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