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Voices of Dissent

Interdisciplinary Approaches to New Italian Popular and Political Music


Giovanni Pietro Vitali

This book is an interdisciplinary analysis of an art form that is crucial to the understanding of Italian contemporary society: political music from the 1960s to today. The musical activities of left-wing and right-wing bands and singer-songwriters reveal deep rifts in a country which, even today, has not yet come to terms with fascism, the political hatred of the Years of Lead, nor the social division of the 2000s, which climaxed in the Genoa Group of Eight summit in 2001.

This book aims to describe Italian political music, highlighting its relationship with important international genres like American folk music revival, the French chansonniers, punk, ska, reggae and alterlatino as well as traditional music from all over the world. These musical influences shed light on a connection to linguistic dynamics that particularly binds the Italian, Spanish, French and English languages.

A case study based on a corpus of forty-one bands and singer-songwriters uses cultural, digital humanities and literary techniques to provide insights into the sociolinguistic aspects of Italian and reveal the linguistic patterns that are typical of politics and gender discourse. The book also presents a comparative study of the relationship between the lyrics of new popular musicians and literature across the globe.

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Names: Vitali, Giovanni Pietro, 1982- author.Title: Voices of Dissent: Interdisciplinary Approaches to New Italian Popular and Political Music / Giovanni Pietro Vitali.Description: Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, 2020. | Series: European Connections series ; 41 | Includes bibliographical references and index.Identifiers: LCCN 2019020536 | ISBN 9781788742047 (alk. paper)Subjects: LCSH: Popular music—Italy—History and criticism. | Popular music—Social aspects—Italy. | Music and literature—Italy.Classification: LCC ML3494 .V57 2020 | DDC 781.5/990945--dc23 LC record available at

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