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Banding TogetherHow Communities Create Genres in Popular Music$
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Jennifer C. Lena

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150765

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150765.001.0001

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The Government-purposed Genre

The Government-purposed Genre

(p.117) Chapter 4 The Government-purposed Genre
Banding Together

Jennifer C. Lena

Princeton University Press

This chapter expands our view to include music produced in other countries. A preliminary survey of the popular music of countries with widely differing political economies, music cultures, and levels of development revealed that the four genre forms (avant-garde, scene-based, industry-based, and traditionalist) do exist to greater or lesser degrees across the globe. However, there proved to be another widely distributed form that was not found in the U.S. sample: the government-purposed genre. Musics in this genre receive substantial financial support from the government or oppositional groups with a direct interest in the ideological content of popular music. There are two major types: those sponsored directly by governments, which benefit from national distribution and legal protections, and an antistate type supported by an opposition party or constituency. The chapter examines four nation-cases to advance the argument: the People's Republic of China, Chile, Serbia, and Nigeria.

Keywords:   musical genres, musical styles, popular music, government-purposed genre, China, Chile, Serbia, Nigeria

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