Give Peace a Chant

Popular Music, Politics and Social Protest

  • Dario┬áMartinelli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Dario Martinelli
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  3. Dario Martinelli
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  4. Dario Martinelli
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  5. Dario Martinelli
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 173-184

About this book


This monograph offers a unique analysis of social protest in popular music. It presents theoretical descriptions, methodological tools, and an approach that encompasses various fields of musicology, cultural studies, semiotics, discourse analysis, media studies, and political and social sciences. 

The author argues that protest songs should be taken as a musical genre on their own. He points out that the general approach, when discussing these songs, has been so far that of either analyzing the lyrics or the social context. For some reason, the music itself has been often overlooked.

This book attempts to fill this gap. Its central thesis is that a complete overview of these repertoires demands a thorough interaction among contextual, lyrical, and musical elements together. To accomplish this, the author develops a novel model that systemizes and investigates musical repertoires. The model is then applied to four case studies, those, too, chosen among topics that are little (or not at all) frequented by scholars. 


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Authors and affiliations

  • Dario┬áMartinelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Kaunas University of TechnologyKaunasLithuania

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