Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

...This book would never have been written without the assistance I received from countless individuals and institutions. Initial research for the project was made possible by a Summer Research Award from the University of Texas at Austin. A College of Fine Arts Research Grant and a University of Texas Research Grant funded subsequent research trips to France. A Dean’s Fellowship from...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-20

...On 13 May 1968 nearly one million people marched through the streets of Paris to protest the brutal police response to recent student unrest. The same day, Pierre Boulez gave a lecture on the state of contemporary music in the city of Saint- Etienne. The talk was the high point of the Semaine de la musique contemporaine, a one- week new music festival or ga nized by critic Maurice...

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Chapter 1: Music and May ’68

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pp. 21-69

...On Friday, 3 May 1968, at one o’clock in the afternoon, approximately four hundred students gathered in the courtyard of the Sorbonne in Paris. They had come to protest the closure of the Nanterre campus of the Université de Paris following a series of disturbances, as well as the threatened expulsion of Daniel Cohn- Bendit and seven other members of the Mouvement du 22 mars group for their role in stoking student unrest. The gathering in the Sorbonne...

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Chapter 2: Genre and Musical Representations of May

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pp. 70-110

...By the end of 1968 the mood in France was a far cry from the mix of euphoria and apprehension that had reigned that spring. After the legislative elections of June the rhythms of everyday life, suspended since the beginning of May, picked up where they had left off. For many, the return to the routine of work, vacation, and...

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Chapter 3: Free Jazz in France

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pp. 111-154

...That certain groups adopting the style (such as the Cohelmec Ensemble) or borrowing heavily from it (such as the rock group Red Noise) claimed to have formed during May further buttressed the perception that a subterranean connection existed between the spontaneous character of the protest movement and the improvisatory practices of avant- garde jazz...

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Chapter 4: La Cause du Pop

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pp. 155-202

...pieces addressing the standard concerns of the extreme left— class confl ict, the role of youth in the revolution, the exploitation of immigrant workers, American imperialism abroad— were those tackling issues that to date had received scant attention in Maoist or Trotskyist discourse. Religion, feminism, drugs, psychiatry, and other topics falling outside the traditional confi nes of Marxist- Leninist...

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Chapter 5: Contemporary Music, Animation, and Cultural Democratization

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pp. 203-267

...A sense of malaise pervaded the world of contemporary classical music in the mid-1970s. One of the few beliefs uniting the otherwise fractious community of composers, critics, and audiences was that new music had entered a period of crisis. Signs of the genre’s troubles abounded. Statistics published by the research division of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs revealed a significant decline in...

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Conclusion

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pp. 268-274

...On 10 May 1981 François Mitterrand was elected president of France, ending twenty- three years of electoral futility for the French left. Mitterrand’s victory over Valery Giscard d’Estaing was a surprise to many. Despite public dissatisfaction with Giscard’s per for mance as president, Mitterrand had trailed in the polls until the day of the election. Just six months earlier, only 6 percent of the public...

Notes

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pp. 275-316

Select Bibliography

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pp. 317-328

Index

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pp. 329-347

Production Notes

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pp. 348-348