Volume! – The French journal of popular music studies
Volume! The French journal of popular music studies is the only peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the study of contemporary popular music. It is published biannually by the Editions Mélanie Seteun, a publishing association specialized in popular music. The journal is in French with some non-translated articles in English. Volume! was established in 2002 under the title Copyright Volume! by Gérôme Guibert, Marie-Pierre Bonniol and Samuel Etienne, and obtained its current name in 2008.
Varia issue: Italo disco; French singer Olivia Ruiz; DIY punk fanzines in Russia; the political dimension of Ornette Coleman's music; Pop hits and new media strategy; interview with David Novak on Japanese noise; interview with Simon Frith on progressive rock. Illustrated with a selection of concert flyers.
Jean-Marie Le Pen's far right music label; Rap Studies in Africa; Sampling in Palestinian rap; Bowie: the graphic art; Indie rock in Switzerland; Portugese punk rock; Multilinguism in French punk rock band Mano Negra… 35 authors have contributed to this “Varia” issue, which also inaugurates a new graphic design. Including special commissioned illustrations by artist Grégory Delauré.
This issue dedicated to Jamaican music studies presents and analyses the main characteristic features of these musical forms—from riddims to sound systems—and their associated issues—from culture to slackness. The publication features nine articles and twelve book reviews written by leading world experts (including 7 Jamaican researchers). Watch out Babylon!
If France is a land of immigration, what about its variété genre? This issue of Volume! aims at tracing the French paths of artists of foreign origin—those who integrated the legacy of chanson française, and those who left a mark on their community by singing exile. As a protean form of expression, variété is an ideal object to observe the ways in which immigrant and foreign identities have been moulded in post-1945 popular music.
This new “varia” issue of Volume! is made of six papers proposing different while often complementary perspectives on popular music (the role of the Hellfest festival in representations and uses of metal culture, discourses of loudness in rock music, recent evolutions in South American music, Damon Albarn and the English identity, La Monte Young vs The Velvet Underground). Also in the issue: Alf Björnberg and wind harmony, a musical device by Bruno Lefebvre...
What is it we call “Black” music? A selection of texts from the April 2010 conference in Bordeaux based on a critical discussion of Philipp Tagg's open letter about “Black music,” “Afro-American Music” and “European Music.”