With this first of our “countercultures” dossier, we start with Andy Bennett's introduction which examines the definition of the concept, before getting into theoretical questions, with Ryan Moore's article on the relationship between the music of the 1960s counterculture and modernism, and Simon Warner's articles on Andy Warhol's “trash” aesthetic.
The second part deals with countercultural scenes in Italy, with Giovanni Vacca's paper on the Neapolitan song, then three articles on the punk movement, with the Taqwacores Muslim punks (Aline Macke), Do It Yourself production ethics (Fabien Hein) and skinheads (Gildas Lescop). We then conclude with Philippe Birgy account of how local pop adapted the counterculture to the French context.
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.