1st session of the CECUPS 2021-2022 Seminar: Fernán del Val

Date: 
Monday, November 29, 2021
Place: 
Sala de reuniones, Departamento de Sociología (Diagonal 690, torre 4, 1º planta, sala 4115)
Teachers: 
Fernán del Val Ripollés
Organizer: 
CECUPS
Research line: 
Art, culture and creativity

16h
POPULAR MUSIC IN SPAIN (1975-1985): REFLECTIONS FROM SOCIOLOGY OF MUSIC.
Fernán del Val Ripollés (UNED. Departamento de Sociología I)
 
Within the analyses that have been carried out on culture during the Transition, popular music is an object of study that has received certain attention from areas such as musicology, sociology, communication or cultural studies. Fernán del Val's work is focused on the review of the theoretical and methodological scope and limits of these approaches in the analysis of popular music in the Spanish Transition. A starting point for this reflection is the centrality of the Movida madrileña in this type of analysis and the poor conceptual problematization of music as a dependent variable, and as a reflection of the economic and political context. On the other hand, despite the effort to broaden the focus to other scenes and genres (punk, heavy metal, Andalusian rock, urban rock), the published works have centered on the analysis of production and creativity issues, on the narrative of musicians and journalists, but there are few works that address the musical reception and the narrative of fans, followers and consumers. The role of key intermediaries such as the music industry has not been explored in depth either, and the commercial music and scenes of those years (balladeers, melodic song, pop, national folklore) remain outside the academic focus. Exploring these issues can contribute to a better understanding of popular music in the context of the Transition and the role of music in contemporary societies.