Time

  • Phil Powrie
Chapter

Abstract

This chapter explores pre-existing songs as groundwork for the concept of the crystal-song. It gives an account of French academic work in this field by Jean-Claude Klein and Louis-Jean Calvet and Jérôme Rossi on song taxonomies, Gilles Mouëllic on enigmatic performance and cristallisation, and Laurent Bossu on music as “intoxication” and as “drowning.” It accounts for the increasing dominance of English-language songs. Using Svetlana Boym’s work on nostalgia, it shows how French-language songs are frequently used to create nostalgia related to issues of loss, so that such songs can be called “sounds of memory,” echoing Pierre Nora’s work on memory spaces (lieux de mémoire).

Keywords

Pre-existing songs English-language songs Svetlana Boym Nostalgia Loss “Sounds of memory” Lieux de mémoire 

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  • Phil Powrie
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  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUnited Kingdom

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