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Les premiers festivals de musique pop en France en 1970 : Le Bourget, Valbonne, Aix-en-Provence et Biot

Abstract : After Woodstock and the Isle of Wight, some attempts to organize some pop music festivals took place. In 1970, four festivals were launched : Le Bourget in March, then another one in Valbonne (06) from July, 23rd to July, 25th, then the “festival de musique progressive” in Aix-En-Provence from the August, 1st to August, 3rd and “Popanalia” in Biot (06) from August, 5th to August 6th. Being inscribed in a momentum of international music pop festivals, this birth is also explained by the success of pop music. The program is composed of worldwide musicians. As a matter of fact, this project is fuelled by a will to imitate the Anglo-Saxons. Festivals, which are different from concerts, set out several artists. It is also set in a place where people come to live together for several days. They are influenced by the hippy movement and the wish to live in community. “Eté chaud” and two out of four festivals are banned by authorities. May 68 and students riots still have an impact. Excesses may happen. Moreover, festivals are social phenomena that embody the generation gap between young people and adults. However, this success has to be qualified since these festivals have not been renewed. What’s more, they are shortened and the press is very sceptical. To be sure, the historical context is not the same as in the United States or in Great Britain. Not every festival can compare to Woodstock. The issue that we will have to study the stakes of the festivals, society in the 70s and pop music as a festival phenomenon and we will have to tackle the issue of the music festivals in France as a transnational movement.
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Johanna Amar. Les premiers festivals de musique pop en France en 1970 : Le Bourget, Valbonne, Aix-en-Provence et Biot. Histoire. 2016. ⟨dumas-01872518⟩



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