Dossier Arts

Summer Mix

by The editorial team , 19 July 2021

Books & Ideas is slowing down for the summer and will be back at the end of August. In the meantime, here is a selection of interviews, reviews and essays on popular music published over the past year.

Catherine Rudent, "Against the “Grain of the Voice”. Studying the voice in songs
From crooning to auto-tune, the voice is at the heart of popular songs. However, it has proved difficult to study: how can something as personal be analysed? Catherine Rudent provides an overview of current approaches of the voice in popular music studies.
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Séverin Guillard, “U.S. Hip-Hop Studies: Formation, Flow and Trajectory. An Interview with Murray Forman
How did Hip-Hop Studies emerge as a legitimate field of study? This interview with Murray Forman, who has contributed to the development of this field in the United States, shows the links between the recognition of rap and related art forms and the rise of academic analyses.
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Clément Petitjean, “Drill, Gangs, and Social Media
Al Capone’s city is regaining a reputation for crime—and is setting it to music. This latter is known as “drill,” a new form of rap that claims to document street life and violent criminality.
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