The History of Popular Music: A history of recycling?

Abstract : Many climatologists and scholars consider that our planet has now entered the Anthropocene Era (Bonneuil & Fressoz 2013). Human activities now have a decisive effect on the Earth’s ecosystem. Mass consumption (particularly of fossil fuels) is causing global warming and its consequences: extreme climatic events, pollution, and the disappearance of a considerable number of species (Hamilton 2013). The Anthropocene Era implies that we must draw up a new covenant with Earth and (re- )establish a new equilibrium (Lovelock 2000; Latour 2015). This challenge not only requires ecological and technical answers but also forces us to reconsider the concept and the consequences of modernity. As a social fact, modernity does not only mean mechanisation, industrialisation, conquest of the world, constant economic growth, and the rise of capitalism but also narratives and discourses: a distinction between humans and nature, differences between Europeans and “others”, a teleological conception of history, and technological progress. In this panel, we would like to show, firstly, that modern narratives and practices are strongly embodied in theories of popular music and, secondly, as with many human practices in industrial countries, the consumption of popular music (music festivals, CD disposal) is contributing to ecological and environmental damage (Pedelty 2012; Parikka 2014; Smith, 2015). Thirdly, we would like to propose some alternative ways of reshaping the history of popular music and considering contemporary practices.
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François Ribac. The History of Popular Music: A history of recycling?. Biennale Internationale de l'IASPM à Kassel (Allemagne), Jun 2017, Kassel, Germany. ⟨hal-01969677⟩

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