CfA: What Will Remain of the Eighties? (Vox Popular)

Vox Popular – Journal of IASPM’s Italian branch
Special Issue: “What Will Remain of the Eighties?” Popular Music and Jazz in Italy between 1980 and 2000
Deadline: April 1st, 2015

The 1980s and 1990s have been overlooked for a long time in music history studies, in spite of the big technological, economic, social, political changes that took place in those decades: Reaganism and Thatcherism, the fall of the Soviet bloc, globalization, and the gradual dismantling of the welfare state. In music, the 1980s and 1990s brought the development of samplers and computer-based instruments, the creation and mass marketing of digital formats, satellite broadcasts, MTV, hard disk and laptop recording, “world music”, and stylistic innovations in many music genres.

In those decades Italian history was marked by specific events and political-cultural movements: terrorism, the political ambitions of a new class of social climbers, corruption scandals, the end of the so-called First Republic, localism, the growth of commercial radio and TV stations, and an increasingly strong interrelation between media ownership and political power, which affected all cultural activities and the music industry with enduring effects.

It’s a period offering many suggestions for investigation – still underdeveloped. We will welcome articles addressing, with reference to the 1980s and 1990s in Italy, topics such as:

  1. Music, media and new audiences
  2. Music and politics
  3. Changes in the record industry
  4. New musical practices
  5. Music and nostalgia
  6. Genres, mainstream, underground
  7. Local scenes
  8. Case studies

An abstract (300 words max) and a short biographic note (100 words max) must be submitted to, indicating name and surname, affiliation, and email address, before April 1st, 2015.

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