Globalization, Music and Cultures of Distinction

The Rise of Pop Music Criticism in Italy

  • Simone Varriale

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Simone Varriale
    Pages 1-7
  3. Situating the Study

  4. Pop Music Criticism in Italy (1969–1977)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
  5. Evaluating Music and Music Criticism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Simone Varriale
      Pages 165-189
    3. Simone Varriale
      Pages 191-200
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 201-234

About this book


This book is the first comprehensive account of how Anglo-American popular music transformed Italian cultural life. Drawing on neglected archival materials, the author explores the rise of new musical tastes and social divisions in late twentieth century Italy.

The book reconstructs the emergence of pop music magazines in Italy and offers the first in-depth investigation of the role of critics in global music cultures. It explores how class, gender, race and geographical location shaped the production and consumption of music magazines, as well as critics’ struggle over notions of expertise, cultural value and cosmopolitanism.

Globalization, Music and Cultures of Distinction provides an innovative framework for studying how globalization transforms cultural institutions and aesthetic hierarchies, thus breaking new ground for sociological and historical research. It will be essential reading for scholars and students interested in cultural sociology, popular music, globalization, media and cultural studies, social theory and contemporary Italy.


race sociology gender class Pierre Bourdieu Stratification popular culture Social Theory media studies globalization international relations music politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Simone Varriale
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom

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