The RFM party 80 and here and now tours

1980s pop nostalgia in the French and British press

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

This article compares the ways in which French and British newspaper discourse has approached nostalgia - as an emotion, social experience and cultural value - in coverage of the 1980s popular music tours RFM Party 80 and Here and Now (2001-2011). Similarities in French and British approaches include an emphasis on joy, the festive, an imagined return to youth, unquestioning nostalgia, social cohesion as well as stereotypical views of 1980s popular music and fashion as kitsch. The study also reveals clear differences between national contexts. British coverage avoids taking life too seriously, but also challenges unquestioning nostalgia, and develops more complex forms. French coverage emphasises the value of emotion, social and intergenerational cohesion as well as national pride. The nostalgia tour is also associated in French coverage with the defence of popular culture, the resistance to perceived Parisian domination and the development of charity and musical creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-177
Number of pages15
JournalModern and Contemporary France
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Fingerprint

nostalgia
coverage
music
emotion
kitsch
national consciousness
social cohesion
popular culture
group cohesion
domination
creativity
Values
newspaper
British Press
Nostalgia
1980s
discourse
experience
Emotion
Popular music

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

@article{c4e2487221304621b5cf043ebfe853b3,
title = "The RFM party 80 and here and now tours: 1980s pop nostalgia in the French and British press",
abstract = "This article compares the ways in which French and British newspaper discourse has approached nostalgia - as an emotion, social experience and cultural value - in coverage of the 1980s popular music tours RFM Party 80 and Here and Now (2001-2011). Similarities in French and British approaches include an emphasis on joy, the festive, an imagined return to youth, unquestioning nostalgia, social cohesion as well as stereotypical views of 1980s popular music and fashion as kitsch. The study also reveals clear differences between national contexts. British coverage avoids taking life too seriously, but also challenges unquestioning nostalgia, and develops more complex forms. French coverage emphasises the value of emotion, social and intergenerational cohesion as well as national pride. The nostalgia tour is also associated in French coverage with the defence of popular culture, the resistance to perceived Parisian domination and the development of charity and musical creativity.",
author = "Chris Tinker",
year = "2015",
doi = "10.1080/09639489.2015.1014896",
language = "English",
volume = "23",
pages = "163--177",
journal = "Modern and Contemporary France",
issn = "0963-9489",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "2",

}

The RFM party 80 and here and now tours : 1980s pop nostalgia in the French and British press. / Tinker, Chris.

In: Modern and Contemporary France, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2015, p. 163-177.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - The RFM party 80 and here and now tours

T2 - 1980s pop nostalgia in the French and British press

AU - Tinker, Chris

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - This article compares the ways in which French and British newspaper discourse has approached nostalgia - as an emotion, social experience and cultural value - in coverage of the 1980s popular music tours RFM Party 80 and Here and Now (2001-2011). Similarities in French and British approaches include an emphasis on joy, the festive, an imagined return to youth, unquestioning nostalgia, social cohesion as well as stereotypical views of 1980s popular music and fashion as kitsch. The study also reveals clear differences between national contexts. British coverage avoids taking life too seriously, but also challenges unquestioning nostalgia, and develops more complex forms. French coverage emphasises the value of emotion, social and intergenerational cohesion as well as national pride. The nostalgia tour is also associated in French coverage with the defence of popular culture, the resistance to perceived Parisian domination and the development of charity and musical creativity.

AB - This article compares the ways in which French and British newspaper discourse has approached nostalgia - as an emotion, social experience and cultural value - in coverage of the 1980s popular music tours RFM Party 80 and Here and Now (2001-2011). Similarities in French and British approaches include an emphasis on joy, the festive, an imagined return to youth, unquestioning nostalgia, social cohesion as well as stereotypical views of 1980s popular music and fashion as kitsch. The study also reveals clear differences between national contexts. British coverage avoids taking life too seriously, but also challenges unquestioning nostalgia, and develops more complex forms. French coverage emphasises the value of emotion, social and intergenerational cohesion as well as national pride. The nostalgia tour is also associated in French coverage with the defence of popular culture, the resistance to perceived Parisian domination and the development of charity and musical creativity.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84928062953&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/09639489.2015.1014896

DO - 10.1080/09639489.2015.1014896

M3 - Article

VL - 23

SP - 163

EP - 177

JO - Modern and Contemporary France

JF - Modern and Contemporary France

SN - 0963-9489

IS - 2

ER -